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Monday 21 April 2014

Swimmers plunge at their peril

Swimmers cooling off at Fermoy reservoir. Photo: Dermot Fitzgerald

PEOPLE swimming in Knockananig Reservoir near Fermoy have been warned that they are doing so at their own risk and the town council will not be liable for any incidents that may occur there.

The recent spell of good weather has seen dozens of people flock to the reservoir each day to swim. This despite the fact that signs there clearly state the public are not permitted to swim in the reservoir.

However, local councilor Seamus Coleman (SF) said the sheer volume of people using the facility has raised concerns locally about its safety.

At the July meeting of the council he asked Town Clerk Pauline Moriarty if the council would be liable in the event of an accident happing at the reservoir.

"I realise there are 'no swimming' signs in place, but the weather has understandably drawn crowds there as it is a public amenity," said Cllr Coleman.

"People have indicated their safety concerns to me and I am seeking clarification as to whether these signs indemnify the council should there be an accident at the reservoir," he added.

Ms Moriarty said she had consulted with their insurance company on the issue and they were satisfied that the council had taken all the steps it could to make the facility safe for visitors.

In reply to Cllr Coleman's query, she confirmed that the council was not liable for swimmers at the facility and people who entered the water there do so at their own risk.

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