The numbers of people who died by drowning in Ireland are almost as high as those fatally injured in road collisions – but there are a number of water safety measures people can take to protect themselves if they’re going swimming in the sea, rivers or lakes, or undertaking water sports.

That’s according to Irish Water Safety deputy Chief Executive Roger Sweeney, who says some 133 people die by drowning in Ireland each year – which equates to 11 people per month.

He’s warning of the dangers of cold shock and hypothermia, as well as strong currents in rivers and streams, and is advising people to swim within their ability.

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