Saturday 17 March 2018

'I don't care if there was Radox in the water' - War-of-words on Liveline over swimmers ignoring weather warning

Poolbeg Lighthouse on the great South Wall during Storm Ophelia, Dublin and inset, Joe Duffy
Poolbeg Lighthouse on the great South Wall during Storm Ophelia, Dublin and inset, Joe Duffy Newsdesk Newsdesk

People who ignored a status red weather warning to go swimming yesterday have been blasted by broadcaster Joe Duffy, who asked: "Why should you be exempt?"

A woman who went swimming in Sandycove Harbour, Dublin yesterday contacted RTÉ's Radio 1 Liveline and described the conditions as "balmy".

Joe Duffy hit back at her comments, saying: "I don't care if there was Radox in the water yesterday...the fact of the matter is there was a status red warning and nobody should have been swimming anywhere.

"When the Government declares a red weather alert for the island and specifically says people shouldn't go near the water, what renders you exempt? Why are you above the weather warning?"

The woman, who condemned those jumping into the sea in Salthill, Co Galway yesterday, defended her actions as she is regular swimmer and said the conditions in Dublin weren't "near as bad" as the west.

"We were at home, snug as bugs by 1pm. There were people there swimming safely and we totally respect those working in the emergency services," she said.

Joe then asked her "Could you not have sacrificed your swim", to which she responded "No, I couldn't have sacrificed my swim".

A number of people have hit out at those who ignored the warnings of emergency services yesterday.

The sister of heroic Coast Guard Rescue 116 Captain Dara Fitzpatrick described them as "reckless idiots" .

The crew of Rescue 116 - Dara Fitzpatrick, Mark Duffy, Ciaran Smith and Paul Orsmby - all lost their lives when their helicopter crashed off the coast of Co Mayo in March.

Dara's sister Niamh has criticised those who put themselves at risk yesterday.

She Tweeted: "Regarding those reckless idiots, now I think even if it was their mother/sister/brother/father in rescue crews it might not stop them. Disgusted."

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