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Council Urges People To Stay Safe Around Water

Mid Ulster District Council is reminding residents of the importance of water safety and urging them not to put themselves in danger, especially in any quarries, loughs, lakes and open water where swimming is not permitted.

The advice follows the recent hot weather which leads to people, especially young people, opting to cool down in water, often in areas where swimming is not allowed or where there are no life guards or life-saving equipment.

Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Cathal Mallaghan said:

With the warm dry weather we understand that it’s difficult to keep cool. But while the water may look safe, it can hide hidden currents, hazardous objects, pollution and can also cause cold water shock, which affects our ability to swim and reach safety if experiencing difficulties. It can also be difficult to gauge water depth - you could find yourself in unexpectedly deep water or injure yourself jumping into shallow water.
We are urging local people, particularly children to stay safe around water and stay away from quarries, loughs, lakes and open water where swimming is not permitted.

There are many dangers of open water, including, it’s very cold in comparison to indoor pools or shallow water which can cause panic and shock, there may be hidden currents, it can be deep with hidden shelves and sharp drop offs, there may be hidden rubbish or the water may be polluted, it can be difficult to get out of open water with steep and slimy muddy banks, and there are no lifeguards or lifesaving equipment nearby.

Learn how to keep you and your family safe when you are near open water with advice by the RLSS at www.rlss.org.uk/summer-water-safety.

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