The Derry and Strabane Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP), working in conjunction with local group Enagh Youth Forum, has installed water safety equipment at Enagh Lough, Strathfoyle.

The four life belts and throw ropes are located at key positions along the banks of the lough.

This community safety initiative follows last year’s installation of 40 life belts and casings along the Foyle and Mourne Rivers.

PCSP chairperson Alderman Mary Hamilton, said the equipment would be an invaluable resource for the public and emergency services. “I am delighted that the PCSP was able to enhance the safety of the lough through fitting this life saving equipment,” she declared.

“Last year’s installations along the Foyle and Mourne rivers has proved invaluable to our emergency services. We hope that the provision of this life saving equipment will ensure that the lough is a safer place for all its users.”

Paul Hughes, from Enagh Youth Forum, said the lack of life belts at the lough was identified as a concern by the young people of the area.

He added: "We are delighted that the PCSP was able to quickly address this issue.

“The lough is utilised by many organisations, especially young people, and this provision will definitely add to the safety of the area. We will be working with the young people to educate them on water safety and the importance of protecting this investment from our PCSP.”

Councillor Gus Hastings Hastings, chairperson of Strathfoyle & Maydown Community Safety, said: “Strathfoyle & Maydown Community Safety Forum would like to thank the PCSP for installing the new life buoys at Enagh Lough. This water is extremely deep and dangerous and these life buoys will help ensure the safety of the public in an emergency."

Sinn Féin councillor Paul Fleming has welcomed the move/

He said: “It’s vital that such lifesaving equipment is being made available and it will greatly improve public safety in and around the lough.

“I would like to congratulate the local PCSP and Enagh Youth Forum for their work on this."

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