As temperatures rise across the UK, the fire service is warning people about the dangers of outdoor swimming following a tragic accident.
A quick dip in a river, reservoir, lake or the sea may seem like a tempting way to cool off in the summer sun, yet it can also be extremely risky, leading to injury claims and even death.
It is difficult for swimmers to estimate depth before they get in, struggle to get out once they are in, or know what lies beneath the surface, while the coldness of the water can also impair a person’s physical capabilities.
Emergency services were called to Alton Water reservoir in Tattingstone, Suffolk, around 8pm on Tuesday, after reports than a man had gone under water and could not be found.
The body of a man, believed to be in his 20s, was later recovered following a search of the area.
Earlier in the day temperatures had topped 25C, making it one of the hottest days of the year so far.
The death is being treated as unexplained. Suffolk Police said there do not appear to be any suspicious circumstances.
In light of the tragic incident, Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service is asking people to stay safe in or near the water. It recommends taking a number of sensible precautions that can prevent accidents of this nature from happening.
After all, outdoor swimming carries the same risk as windsurfing or kite-surfing.
You should never drink alcohol during or just before swimming as it seriously affects judgment and your ability to get out of a problem.
If going swimming, make sure somebody is nearby so you can shout for help if you get into difficulties. You should only swim where it is safe and permitted, so keep an eye out for warning signs.
Source: The Guardian
Date Published: July 1, 2015
Author: Jonathan Brown