19 June 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

This Is National Water Safety Awareness Week

New figures released by Water Safety Ireland show that 105 people drowned in 2019 and that a total of 1,200 drowned in the last ten years, an average of ten every month. As Covid- 19 related travel restrictions are eased, WSI points to the fact that 8 out of 10 drownings were within the victim’s home county. To mark National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 15 -21), Water Safety Ireland is appealing to the public to help reduce summer drowning tragedies by swimming within your depth, staying within your depth and supervising children closely.

“Good weather can lull people into a false sense of safety. However, the dangers that were there before Covid-19 are still there today”, commented Martin O’Sullivan, Chairman of Water Safety Ireland. “As travel restrictions are eased, we are appealing to the public to swim at Lifeguarded waterways, to supervise children closely…

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