Company warns of reservoir dangers

PUBLISHED: 20:00 10 June 2012

Bristol Water has warned people not to swim in its reservoirs

Bristol Water has warned people not to swim in its reservoirs

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SWIMMING in reservoirs is risking your life - that's the warning from Bristol Water as the recent hot weather has seen people cooling off in the company's waters.

Staff had to warn swimmers, especially youngsters, at sites including Bladgon Lake and Cheddar Reservoir.

More than 110 people were found swimming at the reservoir in Cheddar across two occasions and people were sometimes abusive when asked to leave, with one incident seeing police involved.

Spokesman for the company Jeremy Williams said: “Clearly this is a potentially dangerous situation – we do not want people to swim in the reservoirs of some wish to spoil their enjoyment, but simply to protect their safety.

“We would appeal to parents not to allow their children into the water. Swimming in reservoirs poses real dangers.

“Underwater pumps can suddenly start without warning, creating powerful currents, or there may be submerged obstructions which swimmers cannot see.

“Despite our regular warnings, this happens every time the weather heats up. We are especially concerned when we find groups of youths trying to swim in the reservoirs, or dive off structures, when they have clearly been drinking.

“Swimming is not allowed in any of the Bristol Water reservoirs, for health and safety and security reasons.”

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