Further Warning About Open Water Swimming
St Helens Council's Community Safety Team has reinforced just
how dangerous open-water swimming can be, after recent reports of
young people swimming in Colliers Moss Lake while under the
influence of alcohol.
The council has been made aware of an increasing number of young
people frequenting the lake in the Bold area of St Helens with
alcohol and inflatable objects - and patrols have increased as a
Earlier this month in unrelated incidents, the bodies of two
teenagers were recovered from reservoirs in Bolton and Gorton after
the victims found themselves overwhelmed by the cold temperatures
of the water.
Stressing the importance of staying clear of reservoirs, lakes,
ponds and dams as temperatures soar, Councillor Anthony Burns
"I know it's hot out there with the current heat wave we are
experiencing, however under no circumstances anyone should attempt
to do this because even the strongest of swimmers can become
overwhelmed and drown.
"Sadly this type of risk has resulted in fatal outcomes - so we
aren't being killjoys when we say don't do it; we're simply trying
to prevent a tragedy from happening.
"By all means go for a swim to cool down when the weather is hot
- but this should be done in supervised areas only such as leisure
centre swimming pools."