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Ballyvuggeran, near Killaloe, on the shores of Lough Derg.

Shannon harbours’ swimming alert

As the fine, warm weather looks set to continue, Waterways Ireland has issued some timely advice about  hidden dangers.

It has warned that operating docks, harbours and marinas are not appropriate areas for swimming and those wishing take a dip in the Shannon should do so in the designated local authority swim areas. Dock, harbours and 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.

Éanna Rowe of Waterways Ireland said, “Swimming is prohibited in these areas for very good reason and recently we witnessed a couple of near misses in a number of different harbours right along the Shannon.

“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.”

 

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