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Sunday 17 December 2017

Be safe and don't become a statistic

ADVICE FROM WEXFORD WATER SAFETY GROUP

CONOR CULLEN

WEXFORD Water Safety is urging members of the public not to become a drowning statistic this summer and be aware of the dangers associated with water to avoid any tragedies.

'It only takes seconds for children and adults to get into difficulty in water. This is an ideal time for you and your family to learn Irish Water Safety's guidelines to stay safe at waterways nationwide,' said Wexford Water Safety PRO, Ruairi Farrell.

'Drowning occurs in a wide variety of environments - at home, on farms, at inland waterways such as canals, rivers and lakes, when swimming in open water and at pools and when boating. People can stay safe at these environments by taking responsibility for following a few simple safety precautions,' said Ruairi.

Ruairi pointed out that an average of 150 people drown in Ireland every year. 'This loss of life is easily avoidable if swimmers bear in mind the advice we give regarding safe swimming both at home and while holidaying abroad,' he said.

In addition to bearing in mind water safety guidelines for safe swimming, Wexford Water Safety also encourages young people to enroll in one of their swimming or lifesaving classes at outdoor locations across the county during the summer months.

'It's a great opportunity for young people to learn safety, rescue and survival techniques in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere. In addition, the skills taught by voluntary instructors could one day save a life,' said Ruairi.

'One of the key ways to help keep you safe when swimming is to swim at a Lifeguarded waterway, of which we have six in Co Wexford: Duncannon, Rosslare, Curracloe, Morriscastle, Courtown and Ballymoney.

'Always heed the advice of the lifeguard and swim between the flags and parallel to the shore. Wexford Water Safety are urging members of the public to get out and enjoy our coastline but to wise up to water safety,' said Ruairi.

More information is available from www.wexfordwatersafety.ie

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