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Twenty Children Warned by Police After Jumping Into Selby Canal


2:36pm 29th July 2014

A new warning about water safety's been issued by police in Selby.

It comes after around 20 children were seen jumping into the Selby canal last night near The Anchor pub in Burn at around 6.00pm last night.

Police tell Minster FM they had a word with the children about the dangers of jumping into the canal.

A police spokeswoman had this message:

“What may look like a cool, inviting stretch of water on a hot sunny day can hide several dangers, not least the shock of the cold water on your internal organs. Even during warm weather, water temperatures can be dangerously low. The water can also conceal rubbish, rocks, shallow areas, plants which can wrap around you, strong currents and diseases. If you want to go for swim, it’s best to use a swimming pool or lifeguard patrolled beach.”


Open water contains many hidden dangers;

  • Temperature shock
    Even during warm weather, temperatures in open waters are dangerously low. This can affect even strong swimmers, causing loss of strength and muscle coordination. Prolonged exposure to cold can cause hypothermia, inducing mental confusion and irrational behaviour.
  • Submerged dangers
    Murky or fast-flowing water can conceal hazards such as rocks or discarded rubbish. Jumping in can be deadly.
  • Vegetation
    Underwater plants can wrap around bathers, leading to breathing difficulties and panic.
  • Water currents
    Just 15cm of fast flowing water can knock an adult off their feet. Deeper water with fast currents is extremely hazardous.
  • Waterborne diseases
    Open water used by animals can carry diseases such as Leptospirosis (Weil's disease), which has flu-like symptoms and can be fatal.


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