Warning issued as bathers flout ban and swim NAKED at Sheffield reservoir

A safety warning has been issued after nude bathers were spotted flouting the swimming ban at a Sheffield reservoir.

Friday, 25th June 2021, 7:07 am

Agden Reservoir, in High Bradfield, was packed with swimmers on Wednesday, June 23, according to a Twitter user who reported her concerns to police and Yorkshire Water.

“Tonight at around 6pm I was walking Agden. Again the water was full of people swimming,” she wrote.

“I saw a naked man hiding behind a tree. He said we are just a local bunch skinny dipping. I thought he was joking till I turned in the water and saw a man stood up naked.”

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A sign warning people that bathing is prohibited at Agden Reservoir, in Sheffield (pic: Google)
A sign warning people that bathing is prohibited at Agden Reservoir, in Sheffield (pic: Google)

Yorkshire Water thanked her for bringing it to the company’s attention and said that if it was notified of this happening again it would send a team straight away as swimming is prohibited at its reservoirs.

The utility firm also repeated its warning for people to stay safe around open water, following three deaths in Yorkshire in recent weeks.

On May 28, 16-year-old Sam Haycock died after entering the water at Ulley Reservoir near Sheffield

Days later, another teenager died after playing in the River Calder at Brighouse in West Yorkshire.

And on June 15, a man died after getting into difficulty while swimming in Ponden Reservoir near Keighley, West Yorkshire.

Following those deaths, Gaynor Craigie, head of land and property at Yorkshire Water, said: “Sadly, a number of tragic incidents across our region in recent weeks have starkly illustrated the dangers open water poses.

“We know that warmer weather increases the temptation for people to enter the water to cool off, but we would urge everyone not to put themselves at risk by getting into open water, even if they are a strong swimmer, as unseen dangers can lead to serious difficulties.”

Yorkshire Water, which teamed up with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, and Bradford Council to issue the warning, said that open water is extremely cold, even on warm days, and can cause cold water shock that may lead to hyperventilation, increased blood pressure, breathing difficulties and ultimately death.

Unseen dangers under the water, such as objects or strong currents associated with machinery present in reservoirs, are also a potential hazard for swimmers.

Anyone who sees someone struggling in the water should call 999 immediately and ask for the fire service.