POLICE are appealing to people in Warwickshire enjoying the current heatwave not to swim in lakes, quarries or any type of open water to cool off.
The appeal comes after a 17-year-old tragically lost his life last August after swimming in a disused quarry near Southam. He and a friend had continued swimming despite a warning of the dangers from police.
People wanting to swim as temperatures soar into the 30s are urged to visit a licensed pool or swimming baths that has a lifeguard on duty.
A Warwickshire Police spokesman said: “Water is often a lot colder than you think, quickly draining your energy. The body’s first reaction when entering cold water is to take an involuntary intake of breath but instead of air, water is taken in to the lungs.
“Warwickshire has a wide variety of lakes, quarries and waterways, all of which carry hidden dangers and with the summer holidays now upon us, this danger is only going to increase, with more and more people thinking that it’s perfectly safe to swim in open water.
“Our advice to anyone considering going into the water is just not to do it. However, we know that people will still be tempted. So if you are out with friends and you do decide to swim, then don’t drink alcohol, as this will inhibit your ability and perception of risk and will leave you unable to deal with the cold water shock. Stay together and look out for each other. If something does happen, call 999 immediately, do not attempt a rescue yourself.
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