If you are out and about in Salterstown and are one of those people who brave the elements and enjoy sea swimming then you will have noticed two bright orange safety additions bobbing in the water.
To mark National Water Safety Awareness Week (13th – 19th June) Sinn Féin Councillor Pearse McGeough assisted by Cllr Tom Cunningham and local resident Séan Geeney, installed two Life Buoys to increase safety for sea swimmers in the area.
Cllr McGeough said “Salterstown is becoming increasingly popular and has proven to be Louth’s hidden gem. Over the past few years I have worked on improving the traffic management and road safety of the area but have always been conscious of safety within the water too.
“After being approached by several swimmers, I took the initiative to install two buoys. One buoy is located 50 metres from the pier and the second is 100 metres from the pier. The idea is that if swimmers keep to the shore side of the two buoys then they shouldn’t get into any trouble.
“Although many of those who swim in Salterstown are seasoned swimmers and are there all year round, it is imperative that all necessary care is taken near or in the water.”
This year’s message from the National Water Safety Awareness Week is ‘Heed our Heroes’ which is essentially to listen to the advice given by Ireland’s Lifeguards.
“Salterstown doesn’t have a lifeguard on duty so hopefully these two buoys will provide some guidance and assistance to those who frequent the area.”