“We are sorry to lose Bradley like this, but his experience can save many lives” – the drowning victim’s family, 14, appealed to water safety

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The family of a teenager who tragically died this week after getting into trouble while swimming in the sea have called on others to “be careful in the water”.

After an extensive search operation off Burrow Beach in Dublin, Bradley Lulendo, 14, was taken to CHI Temple Street on the evening of July 11, where he later died.

Bradley is originally from Angola and lived in Drumcondra with his parents and three siblings.

His older brother Pasias said the family hoped Bradley’s tragic death could “save many lives”.

“We all like to swim, but we have to be careful with the water. I want to raise awareness and want the people who go to the beaches to know that Mother Nature is beautiful but can also be dangerous,” he told RTÉ News.

“We were unfortunate to lose Bradley like this but his experience can save many lives. Yes, go swimming, enjoy it, but be careful. Don’t go in too far, stay within reach. Stay within your limits.”

Piasas set up a GoFundMe page to help cover the cost of his brother’s funeral; Details on this have yet to be announced.

He added, “I miss him so much… I’m really hurt because I didn’t get a chance to say a proper goodbye to him. I’ve been following my own life not being really close to my family What happened now has shaken me a lot.

“I feel guilty for not being there for Bradley. I feel guilty that I was just a phone call away. I feel guilty for not going to the beach and swimming with it. He just wanted to have fun like any other young kid.”

Water Safety Ireland said an average of nine people drown each month across the country and the organization is urging the public to heed the following advice during the current warm weather:

“Swim in your depth and stay in your depth. Swim between the red and yellow flags on a patrolled waterway. Otherwise, swim in areas known locally to be safe and where ring buoys are in place for rescue purposes. Avoid swimming in unfamiliar areas that are potentially unsafe. Ask for local knowledge to determine local hazards and the safest areas to swim. Pay attention to all safety signs. Make sure the water’s edge drops flat so you can get in and out safely. The air temperature is warm but open water is cooler than air – avoid staying in the water for long periods of time as your muscles cool down and swimming becomes more difficult,” said Water Safety Ireland.

“Never use inflatable toys in open water as a gentle breeze can quickly carry a person off shore. Always supervise children closely and never leave them alone near water. Alcohol is a factor in one-third of drownings; do not mix it with water activities.

“To escape a current, swim parallel to shore and then back to shore. If you see someone in trouble in the water, SHOUT – REACH – THROW. Shout to reassure, encourage, and orient him, grab anything preventing you from going in the water (clothing or stick) and throw them a ring buoy or other floating object. Always wear a properly fitting one when boating life jacket and have a VHF radio and a fully charged mobile phone in a waterproof pouch close at hand.”

https://www.independent.ie/news/we-were-unfortunate-to-lose-bradley-like-this-but-his-experience-can-save-many-lives-family-of-drowning-victim-14-make-water-safety-appeal-41843944.html “We are sorry to lose Bradley like this, but his experience can save many lives” – the drowning victim’s family, 14, appealed to water safety

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