Lancs Cops issue water safety warning

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Lancs Cops water safety warning

LANCASHIRE Constabulary has issued a warning about the dangers of swimming in open water.

The warning comes after police received a number of calls about people swimming in the quarry in Appley Bridge over recent weeks.

Insp Dave Robinson said: “With the recent warm weather we have been enjoying and the school holidays approaching, we would advise people to think twice about going into local rivers, lakes, quarries, reservoirs and canals to cool off.

“We know that local reservoirs can appear very inviting in this weather but the reality is very different and entering into any open water can have tragic consequences.

“In particular, we would warn people against attempting any kind of stunt such as jumping in open water. It is extremely dangerous and when it goes wrong it can have devastating results.”

Police have issued the following summer water safety advice:

*   Keep clear of any cliff edges as they can be slippery when they get wet.

*   Do not swim in any reservoirs, quarries, rivers, lakes or canals.

*   Remember that drinking alcohol can slow your reaction, increasing the chances of hypothermia and impairing your judgement of distance if you do enter open water.

*   In an emergency, always call 999.

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