Thames Valley Police warn that it is not advisable to swim in open water

Dear residents,

As the weather becomes warmer, it may be tempting to take a swim in open water but we would like to remind people it is not advisable to swim or play in any lakes or open water in Aylesbury Vale. We would like residents to be aware of the following dangers:

  • 60% of all drowning incidents occur in canals, lakes and rivers.
  • You can drown in just a few centimetres of water.
  • If you fall or jump into the water, the cold will shock your body, making your muscles seize up so you can’t move.                                                                                           
  • You could easily cut yourself on rubbish or rocks and you may become ill due to bacteria in the water.

We would like the residents in Aylesbury Vale to enjoy the outdoors during the summer months. However, the only safe place to swim is in a swimming pool.  The water is clean, clear and warm.  There are life guards on hand if something goes wrong.  If you witness people swimming in the lakes, ponds, the river or canal, call Thames Valley Police on 101.  In an emergency call 999.

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