Swimming at Christmas (13 Dec 2009)
The cold winter seas can cause “cold shock” with hypothermia setting in within minutes. Many people attending Christmas charity swims have found that they are left without sufficient strength to climb out of the water due to the cold. Christmas day swimmers occasionally take chances beyond what is acceptably safe. If the sea conditions are bad then the charity swim should be cancelled and this is the responsibility of the appointed Safety Officer for the event.
The Irish Coast Guard should always be notified of such charity swims that are taking place throughout the festive season and indeed at all times. Remember, if you see a person in difficulties do not attempt a rescue for which you are not trained. Make use of any nearby rescue equipment such as a ringbuoy and in the event of an emergency call the emergency services on 999 or 112 and ask for the Irish Coast Guard.

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