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Monday 16 September 2019

Lifeguards involved in three rescues

By Esther Hayden

Three rescues were undertaken by lifeguards across Wexford last year.

Mr Doyle said that during 2014 Wexford lifeguards made three rescues, attended to 663 first aid cases, helped with 47 cases of lost children, gave 2,096 pieces of advice to people and prevented 250 accidents.

He also said they also dealt with 285 other cases which he said included people being naked on the beaches.

During one rescue lifeguard David Stebbing used his rescue board to swim out and save a distressed kitesurfer off Duncannon Beach.

The members heard that it was hoped to improve on the number of Blug Flag and Green Coast beaches within the county this year. Cllr Oliver Walsh wondered if there was any funding available for Ballyconnigar Beach.

Access to beaches was a concern for Cllr John Hegarty. 'We have some of the finest beaches in the country but the access to them is not safe.' He pointed out Knocknasillogue Beach as one of such example.

Mr Doyle said it was very difficult to 'maintain access there in the winter because of the very steep access'.

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