Tuesday 20 August 2019

Children's lives are put at risk on storm battered quays

David Tucker

PEOPLE risked their own lives and those of their children by taking them on to the Wexford Quays and Crescent at the height of last week's hurricane force storms.

Borough Engineer Sinead Casey said people who went to spectate on the seafront when winds of more than 100 km/h were being experienced were both irresponsible and foothardy.

She said there were many people bringing children, some very young and small, on to the Quayfront and Crescent during the terrible weather and at night when there were hurricane and violent storm force gusts of wind recorded between 6 p.m. and 9.30 p m.

Conditions were extremely dangerous coupled with the very high tide and the emergency services already had their hands full.

'The services had enough to deal with in town and the surrounding areas without the adding public safety into the mix.

'People were observed standing at the edge of the Quay and sitting on railings on the Crescent.

'Should something have happened to a person at or near the water, others lives were potentially being put at risk and the public at times do not think of the rescue services in these conditions,' she said.

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