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Report into death of fisherman at Tawin Island makes recommendations on floatation wear

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Marine Casualty Investigations Board is warning fishermen to ensure they wear personal floatation devices outside of clothing.
It’s part of a recommendation of the board after its investigation following the death of a fisherman after falling from his boat near Tawin Island in September last year.

The fisherman had set off in his boat, the Loch Corrib II, from a small pier at Ballinacourty near Maree around 5a.m on September 7th last.
He was planning to attend strings of lobster pots off Tawin Island.
Later that morning, the skipper of another vessel noticed the Loch Corrib II boat stopped in the same position in the water for a period of time, with the engine still running.
There was no-one on board when he approached the vessel.
Emergency services were alerted and a search for the missing fisherman got underway.
He was located by emergency crews later that dayin Galway Bay, about 4 miles from his vessel, with his personal floatation device inflated.
However, despite attempts to resuscitate him, the man died as a result of drowning.
The MCIB found that although the fisherman had been wearing the personal floatation device, he wore it inside his oilskin jacket.
This meant he could not access the switch to activate the Personal Location Beacon, if he was conscious entering the water.
The beacon would have ensured a swifter alerting of emergency services.
The investigation found that the man may have experienced some form of collapse, which likely caused him to fall overboard.
The board wants the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to issue a Marine Notice highlighting this tragedy and emphasising the need to wear a personal floatation device outside all clothing.

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No increase to Local Property Tax in county next year

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GBFM News – There’ll be no increase to Local Property Tax for home-owners in the county next year.

The decision by councillors was taken at a meeting this afternoon – where they were urged by management to increase the rate by the maximum allowance of 15 percent.

It was argued it’s necessary to bring in an extra €2m to the local authority, which is struggling to make ends meet due to historical under-funding from central Government.

But councillors rejected the argument, saying it shouldn’t be on the ordinary person to make up the shortfall.

Councillor Joe Byrne also told David Nevin there’s no appetite for increasing the tax at a time when people are struggling.

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Do Not Consume Water notice for Spiddal area in place until next week

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- Irish Water say a Do Not Consume warning for people living in the Spiddal area of Galway will remain in place until next week.

The notice was first issued on September 16th due to increased levels of manganese in the supply and affects around 5,700 people.

The utility says they are currently flushing the Spiddal Public Water network and new samples will be taken early next week to determine if the water is safe to drink.

Officials are advising that boiling the water will not reduce the level of manganese and the water should not be consumed in any form.

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Galway school build first miniboat to set sail in South Atlantic

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- A miniboat that was built and decorated by students in Scoil Bhride in Lackaigh has become the first-ever miniboat to set sail in the South Atlantic ocean.

Spiorad na Gaillimhe was deployed from a research vessel belonging to the Alfred-Wegener Institute as it sailed between Germany and South Africa.

It set off along with three other miniboats from Spain, Germany and South Africa, adding to the 18 Educational Passages boats that are currently sailing around the world’s oceans.

Speaking to Galway Talks, University of Galway’s Senior Oceanography Technician for Earth and Sciences Sheena Fennell explained the benefits of the project:

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