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Dublin: 11 °C Thursday 4 June, 2020

ESB warns public: don't swim in reservoirs

Hidden dangers may include obstacles, deep waters and uneven ground, the ESB said.

THE WARM WEATHER is encouraging many people to take a dip in the water where they can, but the ESB is warning that swimming in its reservoirs could be extremely dangerous.

Swimming in any ESB reservoirs is not permitted, and could pose a serious risk to people.

A spokesperson said that:

This is dangerous due to risk of uneven ground, deep waters, hidden obstacles, changing water levels and fast-flowing waters.

ESB waters include the reservoirs at Poulaphoca in Wicklow, Inniscarra and Carrigadrohid in Cork, the Ardnacrusha headrace and tailrace canals in County Clare and Assaroe in County Donegal.

Last week, five people tragically lost their lives in drownings around the country.

Irish Water Safety has released advice on how to stay safe while in water this summer.

Read: Irish Coast Guard: Don’t go in the water without a lifejacket like these two>

Read: Water safety course ‘should be compulsory in primary schools’>

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