By being alert to the dangers, by learning swimming and life saving skills and by always wearing a life jacket on water, together we can bring this number down in 2017.

We have just launched a campaign that quite literally lights a candle for each of the 133 people who lose their lives in our seas, rivers and lakes; in water on our farms and sometimes even at home.

We’re asking people all over Ireland to keep their memory alive by both encouraging and practicing water safety. If we can all be more aware, it will save lives.