Popular West Cork beach reopens

Popular West Cork beach reopens
Picture Denis Minihane.

A popular beach, which had been closed by the County Council due to dangerous currents, has been reopened. Coolmain beach, Kilbrittain, has been inspected by the local authority and deemed safe for swimming and other aquatic activities. 

The beach had been closed due to dangerous currents after storm damage. 

While the beach is open for use, a warning has been issued regarding the use of inflatables at beaches along the Cork coast.

In July, two men were treated for hypothermia after they were rescued from an inflatable dinghy two kilometres off the Cork coast near Crosshaven and in August a father and his nine-year-old son were rescued from the sea near Fountainstown after the inflatable device the child was using dragged him out to sea.

Paddy Quinlan, a member of Crosshaven RNLI and managing director of Funkytown Adventure Centre, said that the dangers of inflatables must be realised before someone loses their life. 

“Everybody thinks these things are fine and that they can control them but that’s not the case. Most of the winds are offshore and inflatables sit above the water so it’s like a sail catching the wind,” he added. 

“There’s very little chance of rowing back against the wind once it catches you and takes you out there. “Even if you were the fittest man on the planet, you’d have no chance of paddling back.” 

A statement made on the Cork County Council Beach Lifeguard Facebook Page in recent days said members often refer to inflatable devices as “floating killers”. 

“These include look-alike dinghies, canoes, kayaks, Lilo’s, rings, sharks, seals, and other assorted fish and cetaceans

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