Tuesday 16 October 2018

Video: Surge in seaside selfies and swimming in stormy waters - people told to 'stop ignoring' warnings

People venture out on the pier in Howth during Hurricane Ophelia.
Photo: Tony Gavin 16/9/2017
People venture out on the pier in Howth during Hurricane Ophelia. Photo: Tony Gavin 16/9/2017
As Hurricane Ophelia continues in Galway people taking video of themselves out in the Height of the storm at the Spanish arch and Claddgh area of Galway . Photo:Andrew Downes
As Hurricane Ophelia continues in Galway people taking video of themselves out in the Height of the storm at the Spanish arch and Claddgh area of Galway . Photo:Andrew Downes
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Concerns have been raised after a number of photos and videos emerged online showing people swimming in rough seas and walking along piers during the worst storm to hit the country in half a century.

There have been a number of incidents throughout the day where people were spotted taking significant risks as Hurricane Ophelia raged throughout Ireland.

A man was recorded swimming in Salthill, Co Galway earlier this morning as violent gusts caused waves to crash against the shore.

Separate footage showed a man jumping off a diving board in Salthill as three people looked on.

Meanwhile, rescue crews came to the aid of two wind-surfers who found themselves in difficulty off the east coast in Co Louth this morning.

Pictures of people walking along piers in Howth and the Forty Foot in Dun Laoghaire have also been shared online.

An urgent warning to steer clear of water was issued by the Irish Coastguard, who have called on people to "respect" emergency services as Ophelia passes through.

RNLI spokeswoman Niamh Stephenson asked people to stop ignoring safety warnings.

“We are urging all members of the public to stay away from the water, don’t go down to take selfies, it’s just not worth it," she said.

Here are some of the incidents recorded by onlookers today.

WATCH: Worrying footage shows man swimming in very choppy sea during Hurricane Ophelia 

People take selfies in waves and high wind at Lahinch in County Clare on the West Coast of Ireland as Hurricane Ophelia hits the UK and Ireland with gusts of up to 80mph Niall Carson/PA Wire
People take selfies in waves and high wind at Lahinch in County Clare on the West Coast of Ireland as Hurricane Ophelia hits the UK and Ireland with gusts of up to 80mph Niall Carson/PA Wire
A man shelters from the waves and high wind at Lahinch in County Clare on the West Coast of Ireland as Hurricane Ophelia hits the UK and Ireland with gusts of up to 80mph.: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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