Dublin Fire Brigade and Gardaí issue water safety warnings following recent drownings

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Dublin Fire Brigade have issued a water safety warning after four tragic drownings occurred across the country in the last week.

Firefighters are asking people to read up on water safety guidelines as the heatwave continues.

The 25 th of July is the World Drowning Prevention Day.

They said: “With the tragic news of a fourth death related to drowning in the past week we would urge everyone, particularly parents and guardians, to brush up on water safety awareness and skills.”

DFB are urging people to read the information provided on Water Safety Ireland’s website.

Water Safety Ireland said to be aware of submerged objects when swimming in rivers, lakes and inland safety.

They warn swimmers to take care when near the edge of riverbanks as they can crumble away suddenly.

Those heading to the beach this weekend are asked to swim near a lifeguard and with a friend.

Beachgoers should learn rip current safety and obey posted signs and flags.

Rip currents are the biggest hazard for those swimming in the sea.

They are particularly dangerous for weak and non-swimmers but can even sweep the strongest swimmers out to sea.

An Garda Siochána also reminded people to be careful this weekend.

They said: “25 th July is World Drowning Prevention Day.

“The Garda Water Unit would like to remind everyone to be careful when using our inland and coastal waterways.

“No matter what your ability is, anyone can drown, but no one should.”