Young people warned ahead of summer holiday

02/07/2021

Playing in water can be fatal so Emergency Services are warning people to be safe around water this summer.

Between May and August, we see a rise in water incidents, especially in younger people.

Every year we witness hundreds of young people gather in water hotspots around Nottinghamshire. Not only do they jump and play in open water, but some also do it under the influence of alcohol.

We are urging our communities to be vigilant around water. You never know what lies beneath the surface and it can even get the better of a strong swimmer.

If you see someone struggling in water, we ask you not to enter the water. Ensure that you encourage the casualty to float and call 999.

Drowning Prevention week took place last week, in which we teamed up with partner organisations in a week of action. This week saw many of us head to Colwick Country Park and Holme Pierrepont to engage with the public around water safety.

Throughout the week all organisations engaged with over 2,500 people in total.

Ruth Hyde, Chair of Nottingham’s Water Safety Partnership, said: “I would like to say a very big thank you to everyone involved with this week.

“It says a lot for the effectiveness of the partnership when all organisations can swing into action with such a high degree of collaboration and team work.

“Through action like this, lives are saved, and tragedies averted. Well done all.”

Watch the video of Nicola Jenkins, talking about all things water safety at Colwick Country Park.

 


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