Children risk their lives jumping into a reservoir at a beauty spot in North Staffordshire.
They jumped off the Knypersley Pool deck to cool off during this week’s heatwave.
It comes as a number of water-related tragedies have been reported across the country this week – including the death of Hamza Mansoor, 21, of Shelton, in the sea off Merseyside.
Now Staffordshire County Council – which operates the site – is urging people not to cool off in the unsupervised open water. Dangers include plunging temperatures, underwater weeds, dumped garbage, and invisible currents.
County Councilor Victoria Wilson, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “I understand people want to cool off by going for a swim. But diving in open water is completely different from swimming in a safe, controlled pool and can be very dangerous, even for experienced swimmers.
“No matter what the temperature of the day, large bodies of water stay very cold and this can cause shock from cold water, which can lead to sudden loss of consciousness.
“We urge people to use common sense: No matter how attractive a body of water looks, ‘no swimming’ signs are there for a reason, stay safe.”
Ryan Evans, a 13-year-old Haywood Academy student from Burslem, drowned in Westport Lake in June 2018.
Chief Inspector John Owen of Staffordshire Police, who led the search operation for Ryan, urged parents: ‘We really need you to talk to your kids about water safety, especially during the school holidays and periods of hot weather. We want them to enjoy the summer safely.
“We ask parents to explain to children why they should only ever swim in properly supervised pools.
“By helping them understand the dangers of swimming in rivers, canals and lakes, you can ensure they don’t make decisions that could cost them their lives.
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