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Stay safe around rivers: warning as lockdown eased and temperatures soar

June 29, 2020, 3:07:42 PM

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Posted on: 26 June 2020

Stay safe around rivers: warning as lockdown eased and temperatures soar

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The Environment Agency is urging the public to stay vigilant to hazards in and around waterways.

As the government eases restrictions on movement caused by the coronavirus outbreak, the public is being warned to keep safe around rivers and canals.

The Environment Agency, which manages many locks, weirs and bridges across England, wants people to remember the hazards under the water in rivers while spending time with friends and family.

The message is clear: vigilance can save lives, and water-related accidents can be avoided by knowing how to stay safe.

Top tips for river safety:
1. Don’t jump or dive in as the depth may vary and there can be unseen hazards
2. Don’t go in near weirs, locks, pipes and sluices. These and some other water features are often linked with strong currents
3. Inland waters can be very cold, no matter how warm the weather. Those going into cold water can get cramp and experience breathing difficulties very quickly

Keep a lookout for boat traffic. Boaters, especially on larger vessels, can find it very hard to spot swimmers.

Parents and guardians can help keep children in their care safe by:
1. Teaching them to swim
2. Warning them not to go into the water alone, or unsupervised
3. Ensuring they know where the children are and what they are doing
4. Supervising them closely when near any open water
5. Drowning can occur very quickly, even in shallow water, and the key to keeping safe is to take all necessary precautions to avoid getting into difficulty in the first place.

Unexpectedly cold waters or strong currents can also catch bathers off-guard.

Youngsters are often seen jumping off the many bridges along the Thames. While this may seem like great fun, there are hidden dangers in the water that can cause tragic consequences.




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