Portable lifeguard towers have been installed, at Claycastle and Redbarn beaches, in an East Cork first to protect bathers.
Two white fiberglass modules worth €50,000 each were installed last Friday at both locations, ahead of the summer bathing season this weekend.
Fitted with first aid kits, oxygen and defibrillators
they can be moved according to conditions.
Lifeguard numbers will remain the same.
A further 4 units, constructed by UK manufacturer IForm Ltd, will be delivered to Barlycove near Mizen Head, Tragumna close to Skibbereen and the Warren in Rosscarberry in the coming days.
Weighing just 1.8 tonnes the Lifeguard Cabins are easy to transport, and take two people just a few hours to erect and dismantle.
Each unit is fully fitted inside, and is completely self-contained utilising solar panels. It is built around a lightweight frame which folds against the unit, making it very easy to store.
To date Lifeguards have kept watch from stationary cabins, hired by the Local Authority, for beach guarded strands.
A Cork County Council spokesperson said the new tower will eventually replace the static units at the county’s 13 Lifeguard Stations.
The towers will help prevent incidents and shield Lifeguards from the sun, enabling a quicker response to swimmers in trouble and better monitoring of water conditions and rips.
It is expected that Garryvoe, Garretstown, Garrylucas and Fountainstown will all receive a modular unit next year.