Police issue warning over dangers of open water in hot weather

Local police have issued a warning about the dangers of open water in hot weather.

Police community support officer Nicole Randall and Paul Fee were on patrol in the Dales over the weekend.

They stopped at local beauty spots to make sure the pubic was enjoying the area respectfully, peacefully and safely.

They said: “As the warm sunny weather continues, we are urging members of the public to keep safe when spending time at rivers, reservoirs, and coastal waters.

“Open water may look tempting to cool off in warmer weather but can be full of hidden dangers including submerged items and vegetation that you can get caught up in. It’s also likely to be much colder that you expect. Even strong swimmers can be affected by cold water shock.

“If people are spending time near water they should ensure they are familiar with local safety information and children are fully supervised at all times.”

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service issue the following safety advice:

• Never let older children swim in unsupervised areas like quarries, canals or ponds.

• Never interfere with lifesaving equipment – you never know when it might be needed

• Never enter the water under the influence of alcohol or drugs

• Always pay attention to warning signs and flags

• Always look out for people you are with, make sure they are safe

• Always take care when walking or running near water, especially when the paths are muddy

• There are often hidden dangers beneath the surface such as plants, bikes, trolleys and broken glass

• Dogs generally get out of the water themselves, do not be tempted to go in after them – if you have a concern ring 999 and ask for the fire service

If you see someone in difficulty:

• Shout for help and dial 999 and ask for the Fire Service at inland water sites or the Coast Guard if you’re at the beach.

• Reach with a long stick, a scarf, clothes or anything else. Crouch or lie down to avoid being pulled in.

• Throw a rope – you can then pull in the person. Otherwise throw something that will float – a ball, a plastic bottle or a lifebuoy.

• Do not jump in to try to save them.