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Ambulance Service Warns ‘Stay Out and Stay Safe’

05 May 2016

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust is urging people to take extra care in and around open water during the warm weather.

The rise in temperature usually sees an increase in 999 calls to incidents where people have required emergency medical attention after swimming in rivers, reservoirs and other waterways.

Ian Walton, Deputy Director of Operations at Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: “The region’s many waterways are popular places for people during the summer months, which can make them dangerous places for those who take risks.

“It may be very tempting to jump into the water to cool off on a warm day but people need to be aware of how dangerous it really is. Water may look calm on the surface but can contain unseen debris and, rivers in particular, can have treacherous undercurrents. In addition, the temperature of deep water is much colder than people would expect it to be and, even on a hot day, rarely gets above freezing.

“Every year lives are tragically lost across the UK and we don’t want to see anyone hurt or injured so the message is simple; enjoy the warm weather, stay out of open water and stay safe!”

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