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Keep safe and keep out of open water

Published on Friday, 14th July 2023

As the summer holidays approach, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council and partners Warwickshire Police are warning youngsters about the dangers of swimming in open bodies of water.

Inspector Kris Shore from Nuneaton and Bedworth Safer Neighbourhood Team said:

“Public swimming pools are a great place to cool off in the summer heat because they’re maintained to be a good temperature, they’re well-attended in case of emergencies, and the water is kept clean.

“Most natural bodies of water, particularly flooded quarries, are none of these things. 

“Deep natural water bodies can be intensely cold, even in summer, making it difficult to breathe and get yourself to safety.

 “Freshwater rivers can be deceptively fast-flowing, and reservoirs for harmful bacteria.

“We’ve already had one unfortunate case this year in which a young person died after getting into difficulty while swimming in Newbold Quarry, near Rugby.

“Be sensible when choosing somewhere to swim. Never go alone, avoid quarries, and always seek advice before getting into the water.”

Cllr Julian Gutteridge, Portfolio Holder for Health and Environment, said:

“The safety of our residents and visitors is of huge importance and we want to make sure everyone can enjoy our parks and open spaces in the safest way possible.

“Please help us to share these important messages and talk to your children.”

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