The public has been urged by Cork County Council’s Water Safety Officer to report any missing, tangled or damaged ring buoys across the county.
Caroline Casey has called for a "zero tolerance approach" to vandalism of the life-saving buoys. She wants people to report cases of damaged ring buoys to ringbuoys.ie.
It comes after a concerned local posted to Facebook about a missing ring buoy near Myrtleville Beach which was found tangled in nearby rocks.
“If you see a ring buoy missing, tangled or damaged in any way, we’re asking the public not to hesitate in getting onto ringbuoys.ie and they'll send the report to me and I’ll get someone out to it as soon as possible,” Ms Casey said.
There are over 890 ring buoys which Cork County Council are responsible for.
Ms Casey asked people not to put litter or dog feces into the ring buoy boxes and also warned of people in some areas taking ropes off the ring buoys.
“There’s no point in having a ring buoy without a rope because you can’t pull a person in. We’re asking people to not interfere with them. Of course use them if you need to but don’t damage them,” she said.