Questions being raised about t...


Questions being raised about the access to the pontoon at Passage West following fatal drowning

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02:38 25 Aug 2023

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Questions are being raised about the access to the pontoon at Passage West following the death of a teenager who was swimming there yesterday

14 year-old Jack O'Sullivan from Deerpark was swimming off the pontoon at Marniers Quay with his friends when he got into difficulty
The alarm was raised, sparking a multi-agency search and rescue operation and his body was recovered two hours later

Coláiste Éamann Rís, where he was to start second year, has implemented a critical incident management plan.

Local Councillor in Passage West Marcia Dalton revealed that she had contacted council officials on a number of occasion to have the pontoon secured.

She said over the past few weeks her call has fallen on deaf ears. and last night she escalated the issue to the Council Chief Executive in a letter.

Speaking on the Neil Prendeville Show Cllr Dalton said she had regularly requested that a swipe card system or lock to be installed on the gate to the pontoon as the tide in that area is particularly strong

"As councillors, as public representatives we bring the asks of our constituents to Cork County Council staff and I have done that for years with regard to this pontoon. The guards have been very helpful in the past trying to keep kids out of it when they are there in abundance"

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