Lifeguards in county Donegal rescued seventeen people in July, according to the latest figures from Irish Water Safety.
The figures highlight a dramatic rise in water incidents nationally during the exceptionally good weather. Donegal’s figure is low compared to Clare’s 67 and Kerry’s 63. John Leech, IWS, says this is due to two factors. “Donegal has thirteen beaches with lifeguards, making it one of the best lifeguarded counties in Ireland. Also, you don’t get as many tourists. In Ballybunion, for example, there were 10,000 people on the beach on one day alone.” Nationally, eleven people lost their lives in seas, rivers or lakes in July and 559 people were rescued.