South Yorkshire firefighters warn against dangers of open water swimming

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South Yorkshire firefighters are urging people to stay safe near open water during the county’s heatwave.

They are warning against swimming in open water because of the risks involved with currents and temperatures.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue’s Head of Community Safety, Kevin Ronan, said: “It shouldn’t take tragedy to bring the issue of water safety to public attention, but recent cases from elsewhere in the country of people drowning in open water are another reminder of the dangers rivers, lakes and reservoirs can present.

“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.”