CORK City Hall is to be illuminated in blue this evening to mark Ireland's very first World Drowning Prevention Day.
To mark the important day, the Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Colm Kelleher has issued a safety message to the people of Cork, reminding them to exercise caution when enjoying the water and to ensure to swim on lifeguarded beaches.
🔷Cork City Hall will be illuminated in #blue this evening to mark Ireland’s first World Drowning Prevention Day🔷— Cork City Council (@corkcitycouncil) July 25, 2021
Lord Mayor @KelleherColm asks that you swim on lifeguarded beaches and wear a lifejacket when going afloat or angling from the shore
In a video message, Cllr Kelleher said World Drowning Prevention Day was created by the United Nations (UN) to officially recognise that drowning is an important international issue.
In Ireland, 76 people drowned in 2020.
"This number compares to 105 drownings in 2019 and the lowest number since 1936 when 73 people drowned in Ireland," he said.
Cllr Kelleher reminded members of the public that details on lifeguard cover at local beaches are available on watersafety.ie/lifeguards.
He added: “If you see someone in trouble, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.”
On Friday, the death of a man in Dublin brought the number of people who died in lakes or seas this week to six.