Thursday 22 March 2018

Lakes and rivers are most deadly, warn safety chiefs

Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

WATER safety watchdogs moved to issue stark warnings as the death toll continued to mount with the soaring temperatures.

Irish Water Safety (IWS) bosses appealed to people to only swim in lifeguarded areas.

Statistics show freshwater lakes and rivers pose the most deadliest risks to swimmers – as they are responsible for six out of 10 drownings.

"Our advice is to swim in areas known as traditional bathing areas. . . Ensure there is a ring buoy there for if someone gets into trouble and pick a place where you can walk out gently. In remote areas, there is no rescue equipment," said John Leech, of the IWS.

The Irish Coast Guard warned people to put "safety" first.

Declan Geoghegan, manager of the coast guard, urged people to wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid. He said such devices may keep a person afloat for the vital minutes it takes rescue crews to locate them.

The ESB warned people that swimming was not permitted in its reservoirs at Poulaphouca in Wicklow; Inniscarra and Carrigadrohid in Cork; Ardnacrusha in Clare; and Assaroe in Donegal.

Irish Independent

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