Wednesday 21 February 2018

Full moon to cause treacherous conditions for bank holiday sea swimmers, Irish Water Safety warns

Curracloe Beach, Co Wexford.
Curracloe Beach, Co Wexford.
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

Sea swimmers will be at risk of strong rip currents and stranding around Ireland’s coastline due to this weekend’s full moon, Irish Water Safety has warned.

A full moon will occur tomorrow, and consequent spring tides which will leave the public exposed, the organisation has advised.

It has appealed to swimmers to bathe at Lifeguarded waterways and to stay close to shore and within their depth.

August is the most popular month for outdoor swimming and aquatic activities.

Ireland averages 135 drownings every year.

“Drownings happen quickly and silently yet people can stay safe by heeding the following advice,” an Irish Water Safety spokesperson said.

“No matter what your aquatic activity, when you are on or near water always wear a correctly fitted lifejacket with a crotch strap,” the spokesperson added.

For safe swimming this Bank Holiday weekend:

1.      Swim at lifeguarded waterways - all listed at

2.      Swim within your depth and stay within your depth.

3.      Swim parallel and close to shore.

4.      Swim with others in bathing areas that are traditionally recognised as safe.

5.      Never use inflatable toys in open water or swim out after anything drifting.

6.      Pay attention to signs on the beach and supervise children at all times.

7.      Never swim in the dark, late at night or after consuming alcohol.

8.      Avoid staying in the water too long.

9.      In Marine Emergencies, call 112 and ask for the coastguard.

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