Important beach safety message after child almost drowns on Balbriggan Beach

July 24, 2019 0

With the recent news of a child nearly drowning on Balbriggan Beach it is important to look out for each other when enjoying our lovely beaches.  Water Safety Ireland is asking people to swim at lifeguarded waterways. The appeal comes as figures show that 103 people drowned in Ireland last year, six fewer than in 2017 when 109 drowned and the lowest overall figure in eighty years.

A further 11 Irish citizens drowned abroad in 2018.

With the good weather, there are several ways to help protect you and your family:

  1. Swim at lifeguarded waterways
  2. Swim within your depth, stay within your depth.
  3. Escape a rip current by swimming parallel to shore instead of swimming against it
  4. Never use inflatable toys in open water.
  5. Wear a lifejacket when boating or fishing from shore.
  6. Supervise children at all times near water.
  7. If you see someone in difficulty:
    • Shout to the casualty and encourage them to shore.
    • Reachout with a long object such a branch or a piece of clothing but do not enter the water yourself.
    • Throw a ringbuoy or any floating object and call 112 for the coast guard.

The average number of drownings each year is 124, based on a ten year average to give due consideration to varying weather-related consumer behaviour.

Click here for a detailed information leaflet from Irish Water Safety

24-Jul-19: Three brave women save child, 2, ‘seconds from death’ after spotting her ‘face up in water’ at Balbriggan beach, Dublin