Boat users and anglers in the Shannonside region have been urged to take extra care over the Bank Holiday weekend as figures show that six out of every ten drownings happen at inland water sites.
Irish Water Safety is also calling on parents to supervise children as thirty children aged fourteen and under have drowned over the past ten years.
An analysis by IWS has found that a third of all drowning victims had consumed alcohol which should be avoided as it makes people more disorientated.
IWS chief executive officer John Leech says there is a range of measures people can take including wearing a life jacket, having a VHF radio on board together with essential life saving equipment like flares.
And he called on parents to supervise children particularly at this busy time.