With the good weather continuing and many holidaying at home this year, An Garda Síochána Water Unit would like to remind the public to take extra care when using all of our inland and coastal waterways, especially lakes, rivers and canals that may not have lifeguards present.
We urge everyone to be aware of your environment, any warning signs and your own abilities around water and if possible wear a buoyancy aid or life jacket.
In Ireland in each of the last ten years, an average of 115 people lost their lives to drowning. Thankfully that number is falling. In 2020, 76 people drowned. But our target has to be zero. July 25th has been declared World Drowning Prevention Day. A day to remember loved ones lost. Make it your day one by practicing water safety in everything you do. Together, let’s bring our drownings down for good.
No matter what your ability is, anyone can drown but no one should. For more information on water safety visit www.watersafety.ie