The dangers of open water

Monday 20th July 2015 – 10.20am – Chris Kowalik.

With school holidays having started, West Midlands Ambulance Service is reminding children not to take the plunge in rivers, ponds, canals and open quarries.

Information from the Royal Life Saving Society UK shows around 400 people drown in the UK every year and thousands more are injured.. Drowning is the third highest cause of accidental death of children in the UK.

Throughout this week, on twitter and facebook, a series of short videos will again highlight the dangers of open water. They feature Gullet Quarry in Worcestershire where two people died two years ago and the River Severn in Shroshire in whose flast-flowing waters ambulance staff often train in order to perform rescues.

If you want to cool off this summer, take a dip in water that is supervised by lifeguards.

To see the videos, follow us on twitter (@OFFICIALWMAS) or ‘like’ us on facebook (officialwmas).

Gullet Quarry - water safety


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