Safety call to stay out of reservoir

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Yorkshire Water is calling for young people to stay safe near reservoirs across the region.

The call follows Drown Prevention Week, which aims to raise awareness about the dangers of playing near open water and swimming in it.

In the last five years firefighters have attended over 100 water rescue incidents in various types of waterways across West Yorkshire and around 10 per cent have sadly ended in fatalities.

Dave Walton, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

The campaign this year has had a particular focus on raising awareness among young people of cold water shock.

Ardsley Reservoir is one of the area’s most popular beauty spots and the warmer weather is expected to generate an increase in the number of visitors over the summer months.

Geoff Lomas, Yorkshire’s Water Recreation and Catchment Manager, said: “Reservoirs are deep and the water in them doesn’t flow or heat up in the same way as rivers or the sea.

“It is not always appreciated just how dangerous they are and even just a short swim can result in a tragic loss of life, therefore, we want to once again ask people to stay out of our reservoirs.”

Assistant Chief Fire Officer for West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, Dave Walton, said: “We are pleased Yorkshire Water is highlighting the dangers people can face in reservoirs.

“In the last five years firefighters have attended over 100 water rescue incidents in various types of waterways across West Yorkshire and around 10 per cent have sadly ended in fatalities.

“As the weather warms up we urge people to take water safety seriously to prevent themselves or a member of their family becoming the next casualty.”