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Tuesday 24 April 2018

Parents warned of drowning risk

Treacy Hogan

FORTY-SIX children aged 14 and under have drowned here in the past 10 years.

Releasing the figure yesterday, Irish Water Safety warned parents of the dangers of drowning as summer sun arrives this weekend.

To help parents keep their children safe the agency has released a Safe Swimming Guide -- available online at www.iws.ie -- where they can also find the bathing spots patrolled by lifeguards.

The agency said it was very concerned that 46 children aged 14 and under had died in the past 10 years and urged parents to be vigilant. An average of 158 people drown in Ireland every year.

The new guide provides essential information to help avoid child and adult drownings.

Among the recommendations are: Don't swim alone or just after eating; never when you're hot or tired; avoid strange places and do not swim out after anything drifting.

Irish Independent

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