With sizzling temperatures predicted for today Irish Water Safety is appealing to the public to swim at Lifeguarded Beaches if possible.
They also point out that there is a full moon tonight (Tuesday 19th of July) so Rip Currents will be more prevalent on our beaches. Five swimmers have drowned so far this year.
Irish Water Safety say people should be aware of the Lion’s Mane Jellyfish which is being washed up on our beaches as this can cause anaphylactic shock.
There are no reports of Lion’s Mane jellyfish sighting on west coast beaches, but Irish Water Safety say The Lion’s mane Jellyfish has been reported to them on the following beaches: Portmarnock, Malahide, Sutton and Bettystown.
The weather forecast for today is wonderful but there is a warning of heavy thundery showers in the north west this evening.
Water Safety Tips:
Swim at lifeguarded waterways - listed at www.iws.ie
Swim within your depth, parallel and close to shore.
Supervise children at all times near water Drownings can happen quickly and silently Swim with others, never alone, at recognised, traditional safe bathing areas.
Never use inflatable toys in open water or swim out after anything drifting.
Never swim in the dark or late at night.
6. Rivers can be dangerous, 62% of drownings occur inland with 80% of drownings occurring close to the victim's home.
People have been paralysed and severely injured from jumping from heights
Train for your aquatic activity at www.safetyzone.ie
Wear a Lifejacket when on the water and make sure that it has a correctly fitting crotch strap.
Alcohol impairs judgment, balance and coordination - all essential for swimming and boating and avoiding hazards in the water. Almost 30% of drowned victims will have consumed alcohol.
Learn swimming and lifesaving. Irish Water Safety has swimming and lifesaving classes for children and adults. http://www.iws.ie/events.169.html
In Marine Emergencies, call 112 and ask for the coastguard.
Lifeguards ensure your safety on our beaches and will be patrolling on their surf rescue boards to ensure that they do not pose a threat to members of the public.
For those of you who will be using non-lifeguarded beaches then download information on jellyfish, including a photo ID card and First Aid treatment of stings at http://www.iws.ie/beach/jellyfish-safety.321.html
Our picture taken from our Donegal town office shows a very tranquil Donegal Pier early this morning.