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Be water aware - cold water shock can kill

Alert message sent 28/06/2019 14:15:00

Information sent on behalf of Humberside Fire & Rescue

As the UK looks set to have high temperatures this weekend, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service is reminding the public that cooling off in rivers, lakes, docks or reservoirs can be fatal.

Humberside's service area includes 70km of East Yorkshire coastline and around 130km of Humber Estuary banks which may not be that appealing for swimmers, but can catch out anglers or dog walkers in the dangerous and unpredictable mud and tides.

The region also has tidal waterways such as the Derwent, Ouse, Trent and River Hull which has seen many incidents over recent years as people have entered the water along its banks anywhere from Stoneferry down to The Deep. Over half of all water rescues in Humberside since 2009 have occurred in Hull.

This predicted period of hot weather brings other dangers as city centres are packed with drinkers in the pubs and cafes along the water's edge. Swimming or simply cooling off in the marina can be deadly as cold water shock can kill. Dangers such as shopping trolleys or other debris also lurk just beneath the surface for those intent on jumping in.

See full story on our website by clicking here.
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Jonathan Clark (Fire and Rescue Service, Public Safety Communications Manager, Humberside)

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