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Warning after man drowns in lake swim

A WARNING has been issued over water dangers following the tragic drowning of a man in Galway over the weekend.

The Eastern European man had been had been enjoying the good weather and had gone for a swim with friends at Ballyquirke lake in Moycullen, Co Galway, on Saturday evening.

The 36-year-old man, who was single and had been living in the Moycullen area for some time, got into difficulty at around 7.30pm. His friends immediately raised the alarm.

The Shannon-based rescue helicopter was alerted and travelled to the scene. The Casla Bay Coastguard Unit was also scrambled and it recovered the man's body from the lake.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.



His remains were removed to University Hospital Galway.

John Leech, of Irish Water Safety, urged people to be more aware of the dangers as they enjoy the good weather.

He warned people swimming in lakes to be aware of the drastic difference in temperature between the land and water.

"We have lots of swimmers out enjoying the good weather but they are often using places with no life guard.

"What we've seen over the past few days is people returning to traditional bathing spots.

"They need to be aware that the temperature of the lakes is a good two degrees cooler, at 8 or 9 degrees and people can suffer cold shock quite easily.

"It can happen very quickly," he added.