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Yorkshire Ambulance Service Warns Against Taking Risks Near Water

26 June 2008

Care should be taken near water at this time of year warns Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

The county’s waterways and lakes are a popular destination for people in hot weather, which can make them a dangerous place for those who take risks.

Vince Larvin, Assistant Director of Operations for North Yorkshire & Craven said:

“It may look very tempting to jump into the water to cool off on a hot summer’s day but people need to be aware of how dangerous it really is.

“Rivers can look calm on the surface but have treacherous undercurrents and unseen debris. Even on a hot day the temperature of the water is much colder than people expect so the body can go into shock very quickly and this can cause respiratory problems.

“YAS wants people to stay safe this summer.”

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