herald

Sunday 17 December 2017

No fencing will be 
erected where 
two boys drowned

NO barriers or fencing will be placed around open-water spots in west Dublin where two boys drowned.

Fingal County Council said such a move would leave the park areas more dangerous than leaving the water 
accessible.

Two youngsters have died in west Dublin in recent days at, or close to, open-pond areas in residential estates.

FUNERAL

In one incident, Ricky Osagie (13) died while rescuing two of his friends on June 20.

The talented footballer, whose funeral took place last weekend, rescued his friends from a man-made lake in Waterville Hall, in Blanchardstown.

On Monday, Ahmed Bari (5) died after leaving his house in Belgree Lawns, 
Tyrrelstown, and falling into a drainage ditch beside a pond.

Fingal County Council has responsibility for both areas and the council has said its sympathies are with both families.

Asked by The Herald about safety at such open-water 
areas, a spokesperson for the council said that placing fences around open water created a problem for emergency 
services.

She said it was not practical or safe to fence off open natural or man-made water bodies in public parks.

RISK

"This is not always an 
effective way to keep people out and in fact can pose a greater risk by making access difficult for emergency services should someone get into difficulty in the water," she said.

She added safety was a 
primary concern in the design and management of all 
public amenities owned by the council.

"We follow best practice to ensure people have an opportunity to use public open spaces in a way that is safe and enjoyable without posing a risk to 
themselves or others. 
Water safety is of particular importance and this is the reason we do not allow any swimming in any area 
other than between the flags on 
designated beaches and only when a lifeguard is present," she said.

The council places signage and lifebuoys at all other areas adjacent to open water and park rangers are trained to advise people not to enter the water in parks.

"We strongly urge all 
visitors to parks, waterways and beaches to take extreme care around water and to obey signs, lifeguards and all water safety warnings at all times.

"Fingal County Council has a strong health and safety ethos and we keep public safety 
under review at all times," she said.

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