Craft on the water in the Galway bay area may be inspected by the Garda Water Unit according to a marine notice issued tonight by Galway Harbour Company setting out how pleasure craft are to behave during the Volvo Ocean Race finale from June 30th.

Galway Harbour Master Brian Sheridan who issued the notice says the 'safety of all while afloat during the Volvo Ocean Race Stopover at Galway is of prime importance'.

The notice also prohibits the use of tenders or dinghies to get ashore from a swinging mooring instead a Water Taxi service should be used.

In accordance with the Maritime Safety Act 2005, the Garda Water Unit will be paying particular attention to lifejacket use, vessel seaworthiness, vessel insurance and alcohol abuse.

The Irish Coast Guard will continue to monitor the following VHF Channels on Galway Bay: Ch 16, 67, 04 & Digital Selective Calling DSC70. 



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