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Police warn youngsters about dangers of swimming in quarries and reservoirs

Posted on 23rd July 2013

Young people are being warned not to swim in disused quarries or reservoirs during the hot weather after police received calls from concerned residents.

Over the last week, officers from Hadfield and Tintwistle Safer Neighbourhood Team have had a number of calls about people entering the water at sites including Bottoms Reservoir, in Tintwistle.

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.

PC Dave Collier, from the team, said: “It can be tempting to people, especially when the weather is hot as it has been recently, to jump in or go for a swim.

“But 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 that even strong swimmers can get into trouble.

“It isn’t worth the huge risk so I’d urge anyone who goes to a reservoir, quarry or any similar place to stay out of the water and enjoy the sun in safety.”

For more information, call PC Collier on 101.

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