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The Coast Guard and the RNLI have appealed to people to be extra careful if they plan on taking part in a Christmas swim this year.

Dec 24, 2020

The Coast Guard and the RNLI have appealed to people to be extra careful if they plan on taking part in a Christmas swim this year.
The Christmas Day swim has become a major tradition in recent years with crowds descending on the coast, such as the 40 Foot in Dublin and Inch Beach in Co Kerry.
This year, some areas, including the 40 Foot in Sandycove, have been ruled out for the annual event out of fear of overcrowding could contribute to the spread of coronavirus.
Kevin Rahill, Water Safety Manager with the RNLI, told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland said the RNLI is happy to see people getting out to enjoy the water as long as people are mindful of the Covid-19 restrictions in place, but to also remember the cold is a big problem at this time of year.
Mr Rahill suggested people should wear a wetsuit while swimming and should get used to the water by getting in slowly to prevent cold water shock.
He said people should get dry quickly when the get out of the water and should wear a bright swim cap so they are identifiable.
He said people would get much colder quicker if they have a drink pre-swim.