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WATCH: Water safety campaign launched across North Yorkshire

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6:01am 1st June 2018

People across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale are being urged to stay safe around water.

In 2016, over 300 people accidentally drowned in the UK, with around 50% of these people taking part in everyday activities near water such as walking or running.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue are urging us to be aware of our surroundings and take care near rivers and lakes.

They're warning us that even on hot days the temperature of open water is much colder than we might expect and that there may be hidden objects such as shopping trolleys or broken glass that might cause injury.

Station Manager Bob Hoskins from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said:

"It's easy if you've been out for a few drinks to not really think about the consequences of your actions, whether that's jumping into the water because it looks fun or slipping and falling in because you've got too close to the edge. If you're going out for drinks with your friends please think about how you're all going to get home, try to avoid taking shortcuts near open water and definitely don't be tempted to go for a midnight swim!

"If you're a walker or runner try to avoid getting close to the water's edge, especially if it's been wet as banksides may be more slippery than usual.

"If you're planning a trip to the coast over the Summer and want to go swimming stick to lifeguard patrolled beaches.

"Finally if you see someone in trouble in water, don't enter the water yourself. Dial 999 and ask for the fire service in land or the Coast Guard at the coast, try to throw something out to them, a throw line or life ring if there's some nearby or even an item of clothing. If you fall in, don't struggle, lie back and keep your airways clear, push your stomach up and extend your limbs moving hands and feet to help you float."

The service say they will be issuing safety messages and videos throughout the campaign on social media.

The campaign runs until June 30th.

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