Friday 15 December 2017

'Look after elderly'

Coast Guard busy

PEOPLE are being urged to look after the vulnerable groups in society during this spell of hot weather.

"While the warm weather is welcome, it can pose difficulties for older people, especially those with respiratory and heart problems," Age Action spokesperson Eamon Timmins said.

HOWTH RNLI lifeboat was tasked to help a windsurfer in difficulty in the Irish Sea off Portmarnock and Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard had to rescue a man in a supermarket-bought inflatable – driven by a makeshift electric engine – heading out to sea.

Meanwhile, Bantry Community Rescue Boat and Castletownbere RNLI crew responded to a boat in trouble off Bantry Bay, but it turned out to be a dead whale in the water.

A MAN who became unwell on Tramore beach was airlifted by helicopter to hospital. It is understood he may have suffered a heart attack as a result of yesterday's soaring temperatures.

A doctor and a nurse, who happened to be present on the beach, provided first aid.

TEMPERATURES were so high that Bord na Mona warned of the dangers of wild fires as the fine weather resulted in a "high risk" of blazes.

More than 60 trained Bord na Mona employees are monitoring fire-prone areas. As the fine weather is set to continue over the coming days, it is asking the public to refrain from lighting fires outdoors and to take care when disposing of cigarettes.

THE country's first real taste of summer has already forced water restrictions to conserve supplies.

Donegal County Council confirmed water restrictions have been put in place in parts of the county where demand has surged in popular tourist spots. Non-essential chores such as car washing are also being discouraged.

Irish Independent

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