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Yorkshire services combine to warn of dangers of open water

Yorkshire services combine to warn of dangers of open water

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 2:41pm 17th June 2020. (Updated at 2:42pm 17th June 2020)

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) and Yorkshire Water have combined to warn people of the dangers of open water as part of National Drowning Prevention Week.

  • The services have combined to create a video to highlight the hidden dangers in open water for National Drowning Prevention Week
  • Firefighters in West Yorkshire attend around 50 water rescue incidents each year, with a rise seen during hot weather.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) and Yorkshire Water have combined to create a video warning of the dangers of open water.

The services wish to raise awareness, as they reveal that firefighters in West Yorkshire attend around 50 water rescue incidents each year, including an increase during hot weather.

It's all part of the national Drowning Prevention Week, which runs between June 12th and 19th, and aims to highlight some of the hidden dangers present within rivers, canals, reservoirs and other types of watercourses.

Watch the video below:

Steve Holt, who is one of WYFRS’ Lead Water Rescue Officers, said:

“Over the last five months alone, up to the end of May, Firefighters have responded to over 28 water rescues across West Yorkshire.

"Unfortunately, during periods of warm weather we tend to see these
figures rise with people entering canals and rivers to cool down and swim.

"As appealing this may seem there are many hidden dangers that have tragically taken lives and I would urge members of the public to think twice before entering due the potential unseen hazards and risks.”

Risks can include:

  • Cold water shock
  • Submerged strainers - these are things that water can pass through but a person would get stuck such as tree branches, rubbish, etc.
  • Undercurrents - even though it may appear to be static water on the surface, there could potentially be undercurrents that have the ability to pin individuals to the bottom of the riverbed.
  • Weirs are to be avoided at all costs.
  • Contamination from unclean/unsafe water leading to illnesses or diseases.

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