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Urgent warning issued to Irish swimmers over dangers of cold water shock

“As air temperatures drop, as water temperatures drop, as the weather becomes more unpredictable, safety comes to fore"
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Neil Fetherstonhaugh

Swimmers have been urged to stay safe in the sea this weekend after warning of the risks of cold water shock.

Swim Ireland issued safety alerts across its social media channels after a surge in popularity for the sport added pressure on emergency services.

The chairman of Swim Ireland, Peter Conway, said there has been a massive increase in the number of people taking to open water following the closure of indoor facilities due to Covid-19 restrictions.

“As air temperatures drop, as water temperatures drop, as the weather becomes more unpredictable, safety comes to fore,” he warned.

“However, right now, we're seeing tens of thousands of people who would normally be swimming in pools without access.

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“When they don't have access there's a percentage of those who are getting into the sea.”

The Irish Coast Guard and the RNLI have also issued an appeal for the public to get up to speed on safety before taking to the water – but stressed they still want people to ring 112 without hesitation if they spot someone in difficulty.


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