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Water Safety Warning Following Tragic Incidents

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging young people not to swim in unauthorised waters following three incidents that happened over the weekend. 

 “While it is understandable that young people may be tempted to take a dip in the water when the weather is warm, they must also remember the significant danger they are putting themselves in by doing so." 

Glynn Luznyj, Head of Risk Reduction

One teenage boy died while swimming in a lake in a quarry in the Malvern Hills.

A 21 year old man was rescued from Coniston Water in Cumbria on Sunday afternoon. He was taken to hospital but he sadly died.

A teenage girl had to be rescued from a weir in a park in Greater Manchester after jumping into a river.

Head of Risk Reduction Glynn Luznyj said: “These tragic incidents have claimed the lives of two young people who were enjoying a swim in the sunshine.

“While it is understandable that young people may be tempted to take a dip in the water when the weather is warm, they must also remember the significant danger they are putting themselves in by doing so. Even if they consider themselves to be strong swimmers, they need to be aware that underwater currents, debris and cold water temperatures can easily result in difficulties, which all too often, lead to drowning.

“I would urge parents to warn their children of the risks of playing in water, particularly as the summer is now upon us, and to tell them that under no circumstance should they swim in ponds, lakes, rivers or other areas of unsupervised water. This advice could save their lives.”

For more information on water safety visit www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk