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Yorkshire Water supports Drowning Prevention Week

Yorkshire Water is calling for people throughout the region to stay safe at its 120 reservoirs as the company supports Drowning Prevention Week.

The plea comes in a bid to stop tragic incidents at its reservoirs.

Yorkshire Water is backing Drowning Prevention Week, created by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) which runs June 17th-24th and has a focus on raising awareness of cold water shock.

Alastair Harvey, Yorkshire Water’s Recreation Advisor, said: “Reservoirs are deep and the water in them doesn’t flow or heat up in the same way as rivers or the sea with the temperature rarely rising above 12C. People sometimes do not understand how dangerous they can be. Just a short swim can result in a tragic loss of life and we want to once again ask people to stay out of our reservoirs.”

Signs are around all of Yorkshire Water’s reservoirs warning people about the dangers of swimming but sadly alcohol and bravado can sometimes cloud people’s judgement. Yorkshire Water wants visitors to enjoy the land and waters it owns but the company also wants them to go home safely.

RLSS UK’s Director of Education, Mike Dunn, said: “Most people are surprised to learn that you are more likely to die from drowning than you are from being hit by a car or in a fire. We thank Yorkshire Water for getting involved with the campaign, and for helping people learn the skills they need to stay safe and enjoy the water”.