Warning after teenagers rescued from River Derwent in Derby
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Yesterday evening (3 June) officers were called to reports that three children had got into difficulty while swimming in the River Derwent behind the Raynesway Recycling Centre.
The three girls, who were aged between 12 and 13, were rescued by police officers and firefighters.
The trio were left cold and in shock but otherwise unhurt.
Inspector Aaron Shaw, who leads the Derby East safer neighbourhood team, said: “As the weather improves there is a temptation to head into local waterways, however, people can find themselves in very serious danger if they do.
“The area where these children were swimming, locally known as Pebble Beach, is close to a weir and, while the water may look inviting, the current can be surprisingly strong.
“Weirs also have other structures that change the flow of the water, meaning that even strong swimmers are unable to fight against the currents they produce.
“Swimmers may also find that, if they are unable to swim back to the point where they entered the river, they are unable to get out of the river due to high-sided banks.”
“The safest advice for those wishing to cool down is to enjoy the riverbank but not to venture into the water, especially near structures such as weirs where the water may be much faster flowing than it appears.
The advice detailed above is taken from The Outdoor Swimming Society – which has a page dedicated to the dangers posed by weirs.