Leeds police issue warning about swimming in open waters

Police are concerned about people swimming in Roundhay Lake, pictured, during the warm weather.
Police are concerned about people swimming in Roundhay Lake, pictured, during the warm weather.

A reminder has been issued to young people about the dangers of swimming in lakes, reservoirs and rivers.

The Inner North East Leeds Neighbourhood Team has been using social media to highlight the risks of swimming in places such as Roundhay Lake and Eccup Reservoir.

A spokesman said: “Open water such as lakes, reservoirs and other sites like disused, water-filled quarries can be extremely dangerous even for experienced swimmers.

“Officers are urging people not to go in the water to cool down if the weather is hot as they could endanger their own lives and the lives of others.

“While it might seem tempting to some people, especially when the weather is so warm, it’s worth remembering that the hidden dangers are immense and can quickly lead to something altogether more serious.

“Hidden, strong currents, sudden drops, steep sides and icy waters mean even strong swimmers can get into trouble.”

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