Open Water Swimming Warning
While the country currently enjoys a nice spell of warm weather,
St Helens Council's Safer Communities Team would like to remind the
public on the dangers of open-water swimming.
The announcement comes following the deaths of two teenagers in
Greater Manchester this week whose bodies were found in reservoirs
in unrelated incidents - while the council has also received
reports of young children swimming in the open waters in the Parr
area of the borough.
St Helens Council's portfolio holder for Safer Communities,
Councillor Anthony Burns has stressed the importance of staying
clear of lakes, ponds and reservoirs as temperatures soar because
of the fatal consequences swimming in these types of environments
can often lead to.
"Under no circumstances must anyone attempt to swim in
open-water," Councillor Burns said. "Sadly, this type of risk has
resulted in tragic outcomes recently and even the strongest of
swimmers can become overwhelmed by ice cold water and drown.
"Swimming is an activity many of us enjoy during the weather is
nice - but this should be done in supervised areas only such as
leisure centre swimming pools."