Saturday 1 October 2016

Barney: People warned against taking 'storm selfies'

Published 17/11/2015 | 18:27

The visitors' centre at the Cliffs of Moher was closed
The visitors' centre at the Cliffs of Moher was closed

Members of the public are being advised not to take 'storm selfies' as Storm Barney sweeps across Ireland and the UK this evening.

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Gusts of up to 120km/h are currently being experienced across Munster, Connacht and Leinster.

A number of flights have been diverted from Shannon and Dublin Airports due to strong winds.

In the UK, the Environment Agency and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) have cautioned people not to take "storm selfies" as they are putting themselves at risk to capture dramatic moments.

David Walker, leisure safety manager at RoSPA, said: "We understand the temptation to view powerful tides and weather conditions, however, if you get caught up or swept out to sea in these events your life will be at risk very quickly and our rescue services will also be at great risk," said David Walker, leisure safety manager at RoSPA.

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