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Friday 15 December 2017

Heroes wanted, but beware of the jellyfish

Lifeguards are to be required on Dublin beaches as swimmers enjoy themselves in Sandycove
Lifeguards are to be required on Dublin beaches as swimmers enjoy themselves in Sandycove

A job description involving saving lives, contending with jellyfish, and giving first aid on South Dublin beaches is expected to attract large numbers of applicants.

Nine lifeguard posts have been advertised for beaches at Seapoint, Sandycove and Killiney by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.

A plague of jellyfish that hit East Coast beaches for three weeks last August reduced the number of bathers but council-funded lifeguards still managed to save 13 lives in rescue incidents at the three beaches last summer.

STUDENTS

"It's ideal work for students who have a beach lifeguard qualification," said Dara McGowan, whose responsibilities include the lifeguard programme on the council-run beaches.

"As well as 13 rescues last year, lifeguards dealt with 85 other incidents, including giving first aid for cuts and other problems," he said.

"Although the red flag was flying for two or three weeks at the end of August because of jellyfish, lifeguards remained on duty," he said.

Lifeguards keep watch for jellyfish, both on beaches and while using surf rescue boards in the water.

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