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Warning issued after a boat got into difficulty in Co Carlow

A warning is going out today from the local fire service after a boat got into difficulty on the Barrow yesterday evening.

A crew from Bagenalstown responded to the incident and discovered a number of people who’d been drinking and had made their way from the boat to the riverbank.

Speaking to KCLR news this morning Carlow Fire Chief Alan O’Neill issued a reminder that the water is not a safe place to be at this time of year saying “It’s a very high risk of cold water shock & obviously drowning as a result of that should somebody unintentionally enter or fall into water at this time of year”.

He added “We’d also like to warn of the dangers of mixing alcohol & river or water based activities because not only are you putting yourself at risk but also the lives of the emergency services who are tasked to respond to these incidents”.


Joe Malone, Election Candidate Kilkenny