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Monday's Full Moon Poses Hazard to Beach Goers

1st June 2012
Monday's Full Moon Poses Hazard to Beach Goers

#FULLMOON – Hazards that result in drowning are often the last thought in the minds of people relaxing over a Bank Holiday weekend however Irish Water Safety is anxious that the public avoid situations that can quickly turn to tragedy such as stranding when walking shorelines. IWS is also calling for people to use Lifeguarded waterways this Bank Holiday weekend.

Monday's full moon will bring higher and lower tides resulting in deeper waters at high tide and more exposed shoreline at low tide. Walkers should therefore enjoy with caution coastal walks and avoid being stranded by incoming tides.

Irish Water Safety trained Lifeguards, employed by Local Authorities, will begin patrolling our waterways this weekend to protect the public from dangers such as rip currents and strong surf. Directions to all lifeguarded bathing places are available at http://www.iws.ie/bathing-areas-page.html  Having Irish Water Safety Lifeguards nearby is reassuring in case you need advice, help with first aid or missing children. They are trained to prevent or react to unexpected incidents where seconds can make a difference. However, Lifeguards are not a babysitting service and members of the public have a duty of care to protect themselves and their families when visiting waterways nationwide.

Published in Marine Warning
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