Before you decide to swim in Thames it is important to know the potential dangers that await you. Swimming in the River Thames is a pastime much enjoyed by many amateur and professional swimmers but can also be extremely dangerous.
During the Hampton Court Swim which took place on Sunday 7 October 2012 in the stretch of the Thames between Hampton Court and Kingston Bridge, 338 of the 1000 participants reported experiencing symptoms of illness after the swim including nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting and stomach cramps. An investigation found that no one single cause of illness in the majority of people could be identified but it is possible that an undetected virus or bacteria was the cause of the illness. Those who swallowed river water were more likely to be affected and it was also found that those who wore wet suits were more likely to be affected due to inadequate hygiene precautions when handling a wetsuit after swimming.
Swimming in the tidal Thames
Every year the Royal National Lifeboat Association, Metropolitan Police and Port of London Authority deal with tragic drownings. Powerful tides running at around five miles an hour overpower even the strongest of swimmers. Eddies and undertows caused by an uneven river bed will suck swimmers under in seconds and keep them below the surface for days. The bitingly cold water will also cause breathing spasms and hypothermia which increase the risk of drowning.
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Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice