September 24th, 2016

Open water swimming warning issued with hot weather set to continue

Open water swimming warning issued with hot weather set to continue Open water swimming warning issued with hot weather set to continue
Updated: 3:57 pm, Aug 25, 2016

AS THE hot weather continues, Severn Trent has issued a warning to residents not to swim in reservoirs and rivers.

It follows a large number of people being caught swimming in open water as they try to cool down in high temperatures.

Phil Blythe from Seven Trent told The Standard: “One of our reservoirs is as deep as a nine storey building and freezing in temperature. Reservoirs also have water being pumped in and out creating very strong currents which aren’t always visible and they’ll easily overpower a swimmer.”

Whilst reservoirs may look appealing in the current climate, they do not have safety mechanisms in place, such as lifeguards, as beaches and swimming pools do.

Visit http://www.rospa.com/ – the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents’ website for more safety advice.

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