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Ahern issues coastal warning about winter weather and coastal walks

22nd December 2008

Minister Noel Ahern TD and the Irish Coast Guard today issued a strong warning about the danger of being swept off cliffs, rocks, piers, harbour walls and beaches around the coast of Ireland. Although this can happen any time of the year, the winter is particularly dangerous with strong winds, high tides and big waves.

The Minister said: “Many of us avail of the opportunity to go for a walk along our beaches and harbours during the festive season.  Great care should be taken to avoid dangerous areas. Warning notices should be obeyed and local advice sought.  Weather and sea conditions should be checked to ensure your own safety and that of your family.”

Advice from the Coast Guard is that due to Ireland’s exposed location, there can be high seas, with large waves, even on calm, sunny days. Tell someone where you are going and when you will be back.  

If you see someone in difficulty, in the sea or on the cliffs, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard. Please don’t presume someone else will. Team

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