St Helens Council’s community safety team has reinforced just how dangerous open-water swimming can be after recent reports of young people swimming in Colliers Moss Lake while under the influence of alcohol.
The council has been made aware of an increasing number of young people frequenting the lake in the Bold area of St Helens with alcohol and inflatable objects – and patrols have increased as a result.
Earlier this month in unrelated incidents, the bodies of two teenagers were recovered from reservoirs in Bolton and Gorton after the victims found themselves overwhelmed by the cold temperatures of the water.
Stressing the importance of staying clear of reservoirs, lakes, ponds and dams as temperatures soar, Councillor Anthony Burns said:
“I know it’s hot out there with the current heat wave we are experiencing, however under no circumstances anyone should attempt to do this because even the strongest of swimmers can become overwhelmed and drown.
“Sadly this type of risk has resulted in fatal outcomes – so we aren’t being killjoys when we say don’t do it; we’re simply trying to prevent a tragedy from happening.
“By all means go for a swim to cool down when the weather is hot – but this should be done in supervised areas only such as leisure centre swimming pools.”