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Alert message sent 18/08/2020 11:54:00

Information sent on behalf of Derbyshire Constabulary

Firefighters and police officers are re-issuing a warning to stay away from, and keep out of local rivers and reservoirs

During the hot weather open water, such as rivers, reservoirs and quarries may seem enticing, but they can be extremely dangerous even for the strongest swimmer.
Swimming outdoors is completely different to a warm swimming pool. The cold water can cause your body to go into cold water shock which can quickly lead to drowning.
The shock causes:
• muscle cramps – making it extremely difficult to swim
• breathing difficulties, causing panic and disorientation.
Other dangers of open water include:
• Hidden strong currents.
• Fast flowing water - beware of locks and weirs.
• Deep water.
• Hidden dangers, such as rubbish and debris, this can trap, snag or cut.
• No lifeguards, most outdoor waterways do not have lifeguards.
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Sarah Walsh (Police, Pcso, Glossop)
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