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Lighthouse warning brings dangers of the sea in focus

Editor's Viewpoint

A novel initiative is helping to shine a light on the dangers of the sea around our shores. A lighthouse near the border is being illuminated externally all this month to remember all those who have died in the waters of Carlingford Lough. The worst disaster was more than 100 years ago when a coal boat collided with a passenger ferry and 97 people perished.

It is estimated that several hundred people have died in those waters over the years, the latest being Ruth Maguire from Co Down in March.

Although drownings are at a record low, the illumination of the lighthouse each evening will be a regular reminder to treat the sea with respect.

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