Kerry County Council is urging people to take care at beaches and along the Kerry coast in the coming days as the fine weather is expected to attract large crowds to the county’s beaches.
The council is asking people to take care in the water during the warm weather and to take heed of signage and advisories from bodies like Irish Water Safety.
Director of Services, John Breen, said that while enjoying the beauty of the Kerry coastline, swimmers and bathers should be sensible when it comes to being in the water.
“Just last week, Kerry was awarded a total of 14 Blue Flag for beaches around the county – including an additional one for Fenit Harbour and Marina – which are a statement of the cleanliness and pristine environments along our coast. They are also evidence of the quality of bathing water along the Kerry coast.
“The fine weather can however see larger numbers of people take to the water and unfortunately, an increase in accidents and tragedies. We know from statistics, for example, that drownings at beaches increase over the course of Bank Holiday weekends. So we urge people to take precautions and to heed to the advice of lifeguards, where present, over the coming days,” he said.