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.