Public reminded about possible dangers in water

Chief fire officer Alex Bennett

Chief fire officer Alex Bennett

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As the school summer holidays get into full swing, Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service is reminding young people and parents of the dangers in and around open water.

As temperatures remain high, people enjoying the fine weather may be tempted to cool off in rivers, lakes or the sea.

Alex Bennett, chief fire officer for Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, said: “There are three main dangers to people entering open water: The cold, which can stop people in their tracks; currents, which are often undercurrents invisible from the water’s edge and can sweep even the most competent swimmers away; and a lack of information about what lies beneath the surface.


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