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Humberside Fire And Rescue Urge Vigilance Around Open Water

Beach holiday

6:00am 21st July 2013

People in Market Weighton and Pocklington are being urged by Humberside Fire and Rescue to be extra vigilant around open water.

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service say that now the hot weather has finally arrived, there is nothing more tempting than cooling off in the sea, canals, ponds and lakes, however open water can be very dangerous.

Technical Rescue Officer Simon Anfield said: “Water may look calm on the surface, but there may still be strong undercurrents that could pull even a strong swimmer under. In the warm weather, water can feel relatively warm on the surface, but just a few feet below can be icy cold and can very quickly cause severe cramp and hypothermia.”

As the warm weather continues, so does the risk of water related incidents. Simon continued: “People often misjudge their swimming ability and fail to appreciate the harmful effects that the cold water can have on their stamina and strength. We are urging people, particularly children and teenagers, not to swim anywhere other than in purpose-built and supervised swimming pools, unless they are members of an organised swimming group, who have appropriate safety precautions in place.”

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service's key safety tips for staying safe near water

  • Alcohol and swimming do not mix - stay out of the water if you have been drinking
  • Always watch your child while at the beach, lake or other natural bodies of water
  • Never let children swim in unsupervised areas like lakes, canals or ponds
  • Do not swim near motor boats, jet skis or other power vehicles
  • Never interfere with lifesaving equipment - you might need it yourself
  • Learn to spot and keep away from dangerous water
  • Take safety advice - heed notices which warn you of the danger
  • Children should only visit open water sites with an adult
  • Swimming anywhere other than at purpose built and supervised swimming pools is highly dangerous and is not recommended, unless as part of an organised club

“We want everyone to enjoy the great weather we have experienced recently, but are asking people to cautious around open water.” Simon added.

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