Dramatic rescue demonstration in Sheffield highlights perils of deadly waters

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Firefighters staged a dramatic rescue on a Sheffield reservoir to highlight the dangers of open water, which claims hundreds of lives in the UK each year.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue teamed up with Yorkshire Water to demonstrate rescue techniques on Underbank Reservoir in Stocksbridge on Tuesday (April 25).

Firefighters in South Yorkshire staged 85 real-life water rescue operations between 2011 and 2016

Firefighters in South Yorkshire staged 85 real-life water rescue operations between 2011 and 2016

Around 400 people drown each year in the UK and thousands more are injured after getting into trouble in the country's rivers, lakes and other open water.

In South Yorkshire, firefighters attended 85 real life water emergencies between 2011 and 2016, in which five people sadly died.

SYFR's head of prevention and protection Steve Helps said: "We regularly receive 999 calls in the summer about people getting into difficulty in water, so it’s only a matter of time before someone’s safety is really put at risk unless people listen to our advice.

"It can be tempting to cool off in the summer months, but stick to a swimming pool. Hundreds of people drown each year in the UK and places like rivers, lakes or flooded quarries are completely unsuitable for swimming as they hide a number of hidden dangers."

Around 400 people a year drown in the UK and thousands more are injured in the country's waters

Around 400 people a year drown in the UK and thousands more are injured in the country's waters

Darren Lynch, regional raw water manager at Yorkshire Water said, “Reservoirs may look tempting to take a swim in but they can be killers and today's practice rescue will hopefully raise awareness of these risks amongst young people.

"Cold water shock can lead to hyperventilation, increased blood pressure, breathing difficulties and heart attacks plus water temperatures remain just as cold in summer as in winter."

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