Public advised on how to stay safe after drowning

by Rebecca Ryan
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A man in his 50s died after a drowning incident in Dun Laoghaire on Sunday.
Gardai, Coastguard and emergency services attended the incident at the West Pier at around midday, after the man was found unresponsive in the water by a passer-by.

His body was recovered and taken to Loughlinstown mortuary for a post-mortem.
A Garda spokesperson told Dublin Gazette there was “no foul play” and the incident is being treated as a “personal tragedy.”

The news came in the wake of a status yellow high temperature warning for the country.
Irish Water Safety average eleven drownings every month and has issued an alert advising the public on how to stay safe near water.

They advise to:
• Swim and stay within your depth
• Supervise children closely and do not use inflatable toys in open water
• Swim at Designated Bathing Areas where lifeguards are on duty during the bathing season which runs from the 1st of June to the 15th September
• Make sure that the water’s edge is shallow shelving so that you can safely enter and exit
• Wear a wetsuit if you are not used to cooler water
• Wear a lifejacket when on or near water
• Do not mix alcohol with water activities. Alcohol is a factor in one third of drownings
• If you see someone in difficulty: Shout to the casualty and encourage them to shore, reach out with a long object such a branch or a piece of clothing, but do not enter the water yourself, throw a ring-buoy or any floating object, and call 112 for the coast guard.

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