Please stay safe in sun

WITH high temperatures and sunny climes come very obvious dangers, which yesterday's tragic events in Co Cork have brought into sharp focus.

Each summer, thousands of sun-seekers make their way to the coast or inland lakes, rivers and streams to cool down as mercury levels rise.

Every year, without fail, there are several tragic incidents involving people who are out spending their time relaxing at the seaside.

Last year, 114 people drowned in Ireland - 55 of these were accidents. Six children and six teenagers were among the victims.

This year is no different, and already - with more good weather still to come this week - a family is dealing with the horrific loss of loved ones in Baltimore.

The full facts of the tragic drownings are still to emerge, but it is important that each one of us exercises water safety at all times.