Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Warning on Dangers of Swimming in Open Water

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Warning on Dangers of Swimming in Open Water

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SUMMER holiday revellers have been warned they could die if they swim in open water during hot spells.

Chilly rivers, canals, lakes and reservoirs can claim lives in just minutes, despite the warm weather, fire chiefs said.

The alert was issued as forecasters predicted long sunny spells for today and tomorrow, with levels hitting around 26C.

Two teenage boys have already died this summer after getting into difficulty while swimming in open water.

Jack Pullen, 16, drowned while swimming in shallow water in the River Etherow, Hyde, in July.

Rafael Pizarro, 13, also died in hospital several days after suffering a cardiac arrest while he was swimming in the Rochdale Canal. GMFRS are advising people to swim at pools in leisure centres instead and to obey warning signs around rivers, lakes and at the beach.

Assistant county fire officer Geoff Harris, GMFRS director of prevention, said: "Swimming in open waters is far different to swimming in a public pool. …

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