Cadets' advice on water safety

SAFETY–first police cadets have been warning young people against swimming in Rotherham’s reservoirs and lakes.

Visiting Manvers Lake at Wath, they spoke to members of the public about staying safe  and advised on the dangers of unsupervised open water swimming.

Despite lakes looking an appealing option in warm summer months, the cadets warned of the dangers including depth changes, currents and insecure banking.

They also met Manvers Waterfront Boat Club chairman Chris Hawkesworth and member Paul Bennington, who were on hand to explain the safety measures that are in place when their club members participate in events on the lake.

Supt Andrew Parker said: “We want people to enjoy visiting these beauty spots during the summer holidays, but it is important that everyone acts responsibly at these sites and ensure they follow the safety advice on display.

“No matter how inviting the water may look, or how good a swimmer you think you are, unless you are taking part in an organised, supervised event, stay safe and don’t enter the water.”

Photo1: Police cadets Jessica Kingswell, Abbie Lyon, Charlotte Bassendale, Jake Marshall, Joe Mirfin, Ellis Bethell and Josh Brown, with Manvers Waterfront Boat Club members Paul Bennington and Chris Hawkesworth (right).

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