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Fire chief hits out over dangers of cooling off in open water

Ross Crawford 20th Jul, 2021

PEOPLE are being urged not to swim in open water to cool off.

The plea comes from Warwickshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service following a rise in the number of call outs involving people gettign themselves into difficulty.

“I cannot stress enough the dangers that exist when swimming in open water,” WFRS incident prevention manager Moreno Francioso.

“While reservoirs, lakes, rivers and other inland water may look safe and inviting, particularly on a hot day, there are hidden dangers below the surface that could seriously injure or even kill you.

“So please think twice before you get into deep water and not only put your life at risk, but also the lives of our firefighters or passers-by, who go in to try and rescue you.”

Several people have died in separate drowning incidents across England as the country experiences the hottest weekend of the year so far.

The most recent incident on was on Sunday in Oxfordshire where a girl tragically lost her life after getting into trouble in a lake in Witney.

For more information on staying safe in or around water, visit: https://www.rlss.org.uk/pages/category/water-safety-information

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