Police understand with the warm weather people and families want to relax by lakesides and are tempted to play in the water. We advise people not to enter the water as although it may look calm and pleasant it is not known what is underneath the surface of the water.
Please bear in mind the following safety tips:
- Swim in supervised areas if possible, unmarked areas may hold potential dangers
- Dive only in familiar areas, and check water depth before diving.
- Be aware of underwater hazards such as submerged logs, stumps, and rocks.
- Beware of the under current
- Keep an eye out for potentially dangerous conditions, such as large patches of vegetation on the water surface, ledges which disappear, sharp drop-offs and slippy surfaces underfoot.
- Whilst it may be a hot day, the water temperature in lakes can often be very cold.
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Beckie Ramsay, from Chorley, Lancashire, lost her 13 year old son Dylan three years ago when he got into difficulties whilst swimming with friends in open water. Despite being a strong swimmer, cold water proved fatal.
The dangers of swimming in open water