Number of drownings in 2013 highest for 40 years
IRELAND witnessed its greatest number of drownings in 40 years during 2013 due to the summer heat wave.
While figures for last year are still being compiled by the Central Statistics Office, the number of drownings is set for a dramatic rise on the 147 people who died in 2012.
Ireland has witnessed:
* An average of 140 drownings each year.
* 40 children aged under 14 drowning.
* 60pc of drownings take place in inland waters.
* Over 30pc of drownings involve alcohol as a factor.
The number of drownings last June, July and August represented the highest level for over 40 years.
Fifteen people drowned in the space of just over three weeks at the height of the summer heatwave last year.