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Renewed appeals Minister urges people to be careful in water ahead of bank holiday weekend

'It just brings it all home to us how quickly accidents can happen at sea or within our waters'

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Rescue crews at the scene of alert in Co Louth over the weekend

Rescue crews at the scene of alert in Co Louth over the weekend

Rescue crews at the scene of alert in Co Louth over the weekend

Renewed appeals have been issued for people to be careful the water ahead of the bank holiday weekend after a week of tragedy across the country. 

Seven people drowned in seven days, in Tramore, Dollymount, Lough Sheelin and in several lakes.

Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton spoke to Newstalk Breakfast this morning following the recent tragedies, to urge people to take precautions and pay extra attention to water safety.

“I’d like to express my sincere condolences to the seven families who lost somebody over the last seven days,” the minister said.

“The majority of these drownings were in our inland waterways. It just brings it all home to us how quickly accidents can happen at sea or within our waters.

"It’s a reminder to us all about trying to make personal decisions and stay as safe as we can in the water."

With the August bank holiday weekend one of the busiest of the year for water-based activities, Minister Naughton outlined how people can stay safer.

She said: “Ensure you’re accompanied by someone else. We’re asking people to check the tide times before you go out. If you’re doing open sea swimming, wear a toe float or high visibility swim cap, and always tell people what time you intend to return home.

“Please don’t use inflatables… they absolutely can [be lethal]. The Coast Guard and RNLI have had first-hand experience of the dangers - children or anyone can be carried out kilometres from the seashore in any amount of time.”

She also encouraged people to only swim at spots that have dedicated lifeguards on duty.

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