Council warning to stay safe around open water

Rob Waltham
Rob Waltham

North Lincolnshire Council is warning people about the importance of water safety and urging them not to put themselves in danger.

During hot weather increasing numbers of people, especially children, put themselves at risk of drowning in open water and on average 40 to 50 children drown each year in the UK. It is important to teach children to spot and keep away from dangers associated with open water.

The dangers of open water include:

It is very cold in comparison to indoor pools or shallow water – the initial shock of falling into the open water may cause panic and the weight of their clothing will make it more difficult to swim

There may be hidden currents

It can be difficult to get out of open water with steep and slimy muddy banks or vertical mooring points

It can be deep with hidden shelves and sharp drop-offs close to the bank’s edge

There may be hidden rubbish hiding below the water surface

There are no lifeguards or lifesaving aids nearby

The water may be polluted with chemicals and may make you ill

Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, Councillor Rob Waltham, said: “With the recent hot weather we are seeing more and more people putting themselves in danger around open water at places such as Ashbyville pond, other nature reserves and rivers. We would urge people not to swim or enter the open water as it is very dangerous

“At Ashbyville pond in particular, many hidden hazards lay below the surface of the water, and the temperature can suddenly drop, putting any swimmer in difficulty.

“Open water is not a safe environment to swim in and should be avoided at all times, and especially if a person has been drinking. If people would like to swim, there are lots of swimming pools in North Lincolnshire.”