RNLI urges public to stay safe ahead of rough weather

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RNLI Lifeboat. Photo: RNLI/Stephen Duncombe

The RNLI is warning people to stay safe near the coastline ahead of rough weather expected in Galway tomorrow.

A status yellow wind warning has been issued for Galway and other Atlantic coastal counties, which will be in effect from 1am to 5pm on Wednesday.

During this time gusts of up to 110km/h are expected, Met Eireann has said, even stronger in coastal areas, and with wave overtopping likely.

The  RNLI, is encouraging people to exercise extreme caution if visiting the shoreline, especially along exposed cliffs, seafronts and piers.

RNLI Water Safety Manager, Ross Macleod said, “This rough weather could make visiting our coasts around the UK and Ireland treacherous and bring very dangerous sea conditions.”

“Sadly, around 150 people accidentally lose their lives around UK and Irish waters each year and over half of these people didn’t plan on ever entering the water.”

“Slips, trips and falls can be a major factor in these kinds of incidents,” Ross Macleod said.

He added that while people may want to try and experience some extreme weather on the coast, the RNLI would strongly advise against doing so.

“It is not worth risking your life, so we strongly urge people to respect the water and watch from a safe distance.”

A Status Orange Marine Warning for winds reaching up to Storm Force 10 on the Atlantic Coast will also be in place on Wednesday.

Multiple other Status Yellow weather warnings have been issued for different areas of Ireland today and tomorrow.