RTE reporter Paul O'Flynn was transported from the newsroom to the Irish Sea yesterday as he mingled with bathers at the Forty Foot in Dublin.
The popular facility reopened to the public yesterday for the first time since April and RTE's Paul O'Flynn was sent down to get a feel for the atmosphere. While there, he observed posters that were put up to remind people about social distancing and got chatting to a couple of people who were enjoying a dip in the sea for the first time in weeks.
Despite James Phelan of Dun Laoighaire/Rathdown telling Paul about the 'swim and go' policy in place, there were reports that Gardai arrived yesterday to disperse large crowds that had gathered.
O'Flynn gave viewers some more pieces of important information like the fact that lifeguards won't be on duty in the area until the start of June but he still found time for some fun as you can see in the clip below.
By the end of the segment, the reporter was standing topless on the rocks before diving in and signing off with "Paul O'Flynn, RTE News, glad to be out of my sitting room."
Water Safety Ireland has welcomed the reopening of some outdoor swimming spots, but is advising swimmers to take responsibility and keep their distance. With temperatures soaring as restrictions are eased, people are flocking to well-known bathing spots pic.twitter.com/BdFTHeX8FE
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) May 20, 2020
Social media users were generally amused by Paul's sign-off and he surely would have been glad of the dip before heading back to work. Just remember, folks - swim and go.
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