Lifeguards have rescued 185 casualties from Ireland’s beaches, rivers and lakes since June. Over 200 children were lost and reunited with their parents and a further 16,316 accidents were prevented by the proactive actions of the lifeguards.
Bathers enjoying summer sunshine at Sandycove, Co Dublin
John Leech, chief executive of Irish Water Safety, is again urging the public to use Local Authority manned lifeguarded bathing places; to swim between the flags; to take heed of lifeguard advice and to always supervise children as lifeguards are not a babysitting service. He is also urging the public to swim within their depth if no lifeguards are at a bathing place and to never swim alone.
“To safely enjoy your aquatic pursuit always wear a lifejacket and only drink after your aquatic activities as almost 30% of all drowned victims had consumed alcohol,” he warns.
Marine emergencies call 112 and ask for the Coastguard.