Young people jump off bridge into lakes

Warning signs at Stanwick Lakes

Warning signs at Stanwick Lakes

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Police have been called to Stanwick Lakes following reports that young people were jumping off a bridge into the water.

Officers received a call from a worried member of the public at about 3.40pm this afternoon, Thursday, July 26.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire police said: “We received a report that some young people were jumping off a bridge into the water.

“No one was injured and our officers gave advice to the group.”

Earlier this week the Environment Agency issued its own warning to people who might be tempted to visit their local rivers during the hot weather.

It is trying to raise awareness that fast currents, weirs and locks, cold water and unstable riverbanks can pose a serious health and safety risk – or even kill.

Environment Agency waterways manager Irven Forbes said: “Water claims the lives of more than 50 children a year in the UK. Drowning is the third most common accidental death among Britain’s under-16s, behind road accidents and house fires.

“We have worked hard to raise awareness among young people but there is still work to do to get the message across that the hazards are often hidden, and underestimating the dangers of water can have tragic consequences.”

The Agency has also linked up with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) to produce the popular website www.watersafetykids.co.uk

The Environment Agency has issued tips to ensure people stay safe around water.

They include don’t jump or dive into rivers - the depth is uncertain and there can be unseen dangers in the water.

Be aware of strong currents and don’t go into water near weirs, locks, pipes and sluices.

Take notice of safety information, warning signs and flags. Know what they mean and do as they advise.

Water can be very cold no matter what time of year. Cold water can quickly cause cramp and breathing problems making it difficult to swim.

Keep away from the river’s edge and supervise young children. Drowning can occur very quickly, even in shallow water.

Wear the recommended safety equipment for your activity, such as life jackets and helmets.

Airbeds, inner tubes and other floatation devices can easily be carried or blown into deep water and may not keep you afloat.

Consuming alcohol may impair your ability and judgment when on or in water.

Get trained in lifesaving and resuscitation techniques. Know what to do in an emergency.

Teach children to swim and not to go into water alone, or unsupervised. Always ensure someone knows where you are and what you’re doing.

If you see someone in difficulties ring 999 or get someone else to. If you are on your own without a mobile phone, shout for help if people are nearby, or go and get help.

People are advised not to go into the water to rescue someone as they may get in trouble too.

A rope, stick, scarf or clothes tied together can help you reach the person. Crouch or lie down to avoid being pulled into the water.

If you don’t have rope, throwing something in that will float, such as a ball, a plastic bottle or a lifebuoy, will help keep the person afloat until help arrives.

Once someone is rescued keep them warm and ensure they get medical help as soon as possible.

The warning comes in the same week that 15-year-old Daniel McCullagh, of Woodford, died in the River Nene between Woodford and Denford.