As the Government eases restrictions on movement caused by the coronavirus outbreak, the public is being warned to keep safe around rivers, Reservoirs and lakes, such as Weir Wood, the river Uck and Lakewood.
The Environment Agency asks parents and guardians to warn children and young people about the dangers of playing by weirs, bridges and lakes. Inland waters can be very cold, no matter how warm the weather, with unexpected currents that can catch bathers off-guard. Those going into cold water can get cramp and experience breathing difficulties very quickly and the depth of lakes is deceptive, often concealing hazards.
Guidance online at gov.uk – staying safe around water – shows the message is clear: vigilance can save lives, and water-related accidents can be avoided by knowing how to stay safe.