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Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is warning of the dangers of swimming in open water

Alert message sent 25/06/2020 12:34:00

Information sent on behalf of Beds Fire & Rescue Service

Dear Citizen

Beds Fire and Rescue Service is concerned that lock down boredom and the very warm weather may encourage some people to go swimming or diving into lakes, rivers and quarries. It is of the utmost importance that they do not.

There are very few locations of water that are lifeguarded in Bedfordshire and the danger to an individual who dives or even ventures into a body of water is significant. Even the strongest swimmers can get into danger.

If you are near a body of water, do not jump into the water from a height, The depth of the water changes and will be particularly low during periods of warm and dry weather. The depth of water can be difficult to judge and may contain hidden rubbish and debris which can cause injuries and drowning.

Cold water shock is another danger associated with jumping into water. Cold water shock can kill. The temperatures of open water, such as rivers and lakes, can be much colder than anticipated, especially in fast flowing sections. Cold water removes heat from the body 32 times faster than cold air causing cold shock – gasping, cramps, and inhalation of water, heart attack, stroke and rapid drowning.

Please do not swim in open waters unless it is part of an organised event for your own safety.

Kind regards

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
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Val Cumberland (Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Communications and Engagement Manager, Bedfordshire)

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