Lives put at risk in Longford by removal of buoys

Lives put at risk in Longford by removal of buoys

The removal of Life Buoys from various locations across Longford in recent weeks, including Barley Harbour and Dring, has been strongly condemned.
Longford County Council Water Safety Officer Seamus Kiernan pointed out that the removal of these buoys from their boxes is a gross act of misconduct.
He said, “We condemn these actions as they place individuals entering the water at a great risk. These buoys are placed at strategic positions around the county for the protection of swimmers and boat users alike.”
Mr Kiernan outlined, “Individuals removing buoys should be warned that this is a criminal offence and anyone who has seen buoys being interfered with should report the matter to the local Gardaí or the local Authority.”
He said Longford County Council are asking the public for their assistance in maintaining a watch on existing locations. “The Council inspect all locations on a monthly basis but the public’s help would be greatly appreciated. Buoys will be replaced as soon as possible if notified to the Local Authority.”
If anyone notices a missing buoy please contact Water Safety Officer Seamus Kiernan at 043 3346228 or 087 0671788 or email skiernan@longfordcoco.ie