Gardaí in Clare are urging people to be cautious when entering the county’s bathing areas.
It follows a tragic drowning incident at Ballyalla Lake last weekend, during which a 49-year-old Ennis resident lost his life while diving.
Gardaí say people should never swim alone and should always be accompanied by people who know your limitations including your physical fitness and your medical conditions.
Garda Eimear McDonagh from the Crime Prevention Office said people should “Always tell someone where you are going if you intend to swim in the open water.
“A reminder for parents that children should always wear life jackets and use proper water safety and flotation devices.
“Life guards are on duty between the hours of 11am to 7pm and it is important to swim in locations patrolled by lifeguards” she concluded.