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Docks, Harbours & Marinas Are Not Appropriate Areas for Swimming

5th August 2016
Docks, Harbours & Marinas Are Not Appropriate Areas for Swimming

Sunny weather has arrived, but with it come some hidden dangers on waterways! Waterways Ireland has advised swimmers that operating docks, harbours and marinas are not appropriate areas for swimming and that those wishing take a dip in the Shannon should do so in the designated local Authority swim areas. Dock, harbours & marinas are busy with boats, barges and cruisers and it is near impossible for captains of these vessels to navigate safely when swimmers are in the water.

A Waterways Ireland spokeperson has stated that "swimming is prohibited in these areas for very good reason. Previously we have witnessed a couple of near misses in a number of different harbours right along the Shannon." She advised "those wishing to cool down in this hot balmy weather should go to the designated local authority bathing areas and the dangerous practice of swimming at marinas and harbours should cease immediately."

Waterways Ireland is raising this point as swimmers seem unaware that from the driving position in most cruisers it is impossible to see swimmers in the water and as a result accidents may occur. Waterways Ireland has issued a Marine Notice to advise masters, owners and all other users of the waterways that it is prohibited to swim in the vicinity of harbours, quays, jetties and within 200m of locks, weirs, bridges and other navigation infrastructure because of the dangers associated with vessels manoeuvring. Also, a fast current is to be expected adjacent to locks, weirs and bridges which can pose a further danger to swimmers.

For more information contact the Local authorites regarding safe swimming locations or Waterways Ireland's Inspector Tel 090 6494232.

Published in Inland Waterways

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