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More safety measures needed says partner of Athlone man who drowned in Kerry

May 3, 2023 16:16 By Shannonside News
More safety measures needed says partner of Athlone man who drowned in Kerry
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Dessie Byrne died off the men's beach in Ballybunion in August last year along with his sister Muriel Eriksson.

The partner of an Athlone man who drowned along with his sister in Ballybunion in Kerry last August, says more safety measures must be taken to avert further tragedies.

Paulette Daly - whose partner Dessie Byrne died off the men's beach along with his sister Muriel Eriksson - believes an inquest into their deaths has raised more questions than answers.

An inquest into the deaths of 51-year-old Mr Bryne and 62-year-old Mrs Eriksson, found they died from accidental drowning as a result of getting caught in a rip current.

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The inquest, which was held in Listowel last month, also heard that Mr Byrne's 13-year-old son Josh might also have drowned, were it not for the actions of another teenage boy who guided him back to shore.

It also emerged that the beaches in Ballybunion were short four lifeguards on the day of the drowning.

Ms Daly believes that protocols should be put in place, to ensure that crowded beaches in the resort always have a sufficient number of lifeguards.

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Kerry County Council says it won't be commenting on any aspect of the inquest's findings, until it receives a report from the Coroner.

She also stressed the need to warn the public about rip currents, to ensure that a similar tragedy doesn't happen in future:

'All i want is never, ever to have any family or person to have to go through what we are suffering and will always just have to carry through life with us.

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They are 37 weeks and two days gone and it's just like yesterday'

 

 

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