Organisations Urge Caution When Visiting Cork’s Coastal Spots

Cork County Council, the Irish Coast Guard and Water Safety Ireland have all appealed for the public to exercise caution when visiting Cork's coast this week.

The appeal comes in the wake of a week that saw six people lose their lives in separate drowning incidents across the country.

The three organisations have reminded the public of their safety guidelines. Those taking part in coastal walks are advised to stay clear of exposed cliff edges, to let someone know where they're going, and to pay attention to safety signs and be aware of tide times.

"We all appreciate the vital work that the Council’s Beach Lifeguards, Coastguard, and RNLI do on a daily basis, and the last thing anyone wants is to put these vital services under unnecessary strain," said Cork Mayor, Cllr Gillian Coughlan. "By staying informed and prepared, we can help ensure our own safety and the safety of our family members. Plan your route carefully and keep an eye on the tide times to avoid being cut off by a tidal cutoff. Keep to the path when enjoying our beautiful coastal walkways; keep dogs on leashes and keep a safe distance from cliff edges, which can be extremely unstable. Cork has an unmatched coastline; let us take advantage of it safely."

"County Cork is home to 19% of the country’s coastline and thousands of people are expected to flock to the seaside to make the most of the good weather," said Cork County Council Chief Executive Tim Lucey. "I hope that holiday makers and day trippers will follow these simple guidelines to ensure that they have a safe and enjoyable visit. I would also remind visitors to park safely and to ensure that they are not blocking vital access for the emergency services."

Water Safety Ireland's John Leech warned that Saturday's full moon will cause spring tides that increase the risk of stranding.

"Please carry a mobile phone and call 112 and ask for the Coast Guard if you find yourself in difficulty or being cut off by the tide."

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