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Yorkshire Ambulance Service Warns People to be Safe this Summer

02 July 2009

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust is urging people to take care near rivers, lakes and reservoirs this summer. 

It comes after a recent spate of incidents across the county where people have required emergency attention from the ambulance service after becoming ill and seriously injured from being in and around water. And with the current hot weather, this is expected to increase. 

Alan Peart, Interim Director of Operations for the Trust said:

“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. This summer, we have already been called to many incidents across the county where people have acted thoughtlessly.

“It may be 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.

“Water can look calm on the surface but contain unseen debris and, rivers in particular, can have treacherous undercurrents. 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.

“The message is simple; enjoy the summer, be responsible and stay safe!”

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