LIMERICK County Council has issued an appeal to the public to refrain from swimming at locations that do not have a lifeguard on duty.
The council is also urging the public to be extra vigilant if taking part in water-based activities over the coming days with temperatures set to reach 30c in parts this weekend.
They employ seasonal lifeguards at Glin and Kilteery piers.
Brian Kennedy, water safety development officer with Limerick County Council, said: “The lifeguards work shifts in time with the high tides, so that cover is available while water is deep enough for bathing.
“I would urge members of the public to observe notices at designated swimming locations, and also observe the lifeguards’ rules and regulations regarding off limit swimming locations,” said Mr Kennedy.
Anyone who sees a water user in difficulty should summon help immediately, stressed Mr Kennedy.
“People should also be aware of the locations of ringbuoys, of which there are 86 located around Limerick,” he added.
The council’s general water safety advice is only swim at waterways that have lifeguards on duty and pay attention to the safety flags.
Before entering the water check local weather conditions and tides in the area. Wear correctly maintained and fitting lifejackets that are suitable for the activity. Ensure your craft is fit for purpose.
Under no circumstances should alcohol be consumed prior to entering the water.