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Back to school for bay watchers 29.08.13

SWIMMERS have been urged to exercise caution at Donegal beaches as local authority lifeguards head back to school and college. Many lifeguards who attend second and third level education will be ditching their bodyboards for their books next Monday.
Donegal County Council said other staff would be on standby should the country experience a late 'Indian summer'.
"The lifeguards dealt very professionally with their busiest season for many years and provided an admirable service under frequently challenging conditions," said a council spokesperson.
"Should the weather improve again and we have an 'Indian summer' and the number of water users greatly increase, a number of staff remain available on standby and can be deployed if necessary."
Figures show that lifeguards rescued a whopping 559 swimmers nationwide during the July heatwave.
They reunited 575 lost children with their parents that month alone - 250 more than the entire bathing season last year.
Culdaff beach.
Meanwhile, other statistics from Irish Water Safety show that lifeguards administered First Aid to more than 3,800 people during the longest heatwave in living memory.
They gave general advice to over 34,000 people and prevented a further 11,421 accidents from happening.
Lifeguards in Clare, Kerry and Sligo were among the busiest in July with Wexford, Roscommon and Louth reporting the fewest swimming casualties.
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