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Summer water safety advice

We've teamed up with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) to supporting the national Drowning Prevention Week run by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) between 16 – 26 June 2017. 

Tragically only on Monday (June 19) a teenage boy is confirmed to have died at Greenbooth Reservoir, Rochdale, on what was the hottest day of the year. 

WYFRS’s Martyn Greenwood said: “We are very saddened to hear about the tragic loss of life of a youngster at Greenbooth Reservoir, Rochdale, and our deepest sympathies go out to his family. 

“There has also been concerning news in Kirklees, of the near drowning of two girls who reportedly got into difficulty whilst ‘wild swimming’ at Sparth Reservoir near Marsden on Sunday and were rescued by three adults. The Fire Service was not called to this incident however we are eager that the Summer months are approaching and with more good weather on the way, young and old alike should be aware of the dangers of open water.” 

An open water source may look like a good way to cool down on a hot day, but every year, in the UK, around 400 people die from drowning as a result of an accident in or around water. 

Nationally, the emergency services respond to over 100,000 water-related rescues, and flood events every year. 

We've once again joined forces with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service to help spread safety messages during the week. 

Firefighters from Rastrick Fire Station were at Warley Moor reservoir on Friday, June 23rd from 10am carrying out a water rescue exercise.

Darren Lynch, Regional Raw Water Manager at Yorkshire Water said: “We've seen recently the devastating impact that swimming in reservoirs can have and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the young man who tragically lost his life this week at Greenbooth reservoir in Rochdale.  

Reservoirs may look tempting to take a swim in but they can be killers and today's practice rescue will hopefully raise awareness of these risks amongst young people. Cold water shock can lead to hyperventilation, increased blood pressure, breathing difficulties and heart attacks plus water temperatures remain just as cold in summer as in winter.”

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