Police’s ‘be aware’ warning over water dangers in North Lincolnshire

People across Northern Lincolnshire are being urged to be careful around open waters as lockdown restrictions ease and the warm weather continues.

Supt Marc Adams, from Humberside Police, says he’s urging everyone to “be aware” when they’re near rivers and lakes or on beaches to avoid accidents.

He says: “In this warm weather it is can be tempting to try and cool off by taking a dip in open waters.

“While these locations may seem ideal places for a spot of swimming, jumping into open water can lead to tragedy with numerous risks, including the water temperature, the presence of hidden obstructions beneath the surface and unknown depths.

“We really want the residents of Humberside to enjoy the facilities that the area has to offer, however we would urge people to take precautions to ensure the safety of themselves, their families and those around them.”

Ashby Ville, Scunthorpe is proven to be one of the popular hotspots. Sadly over the years people have got into trouble in the waters and lives have been lost.

Police advice asks to only ever swim between red and yellow flags as these are the areas patrolled by lifeguards on those beaches that have them.

Think twice about using inflatables in the water as it is easy for them to be blown out to sea quickly. If there’s an orange windsock flying, it’s especially dangerous

Be aware of tide times, to ensure you don’t get cut off and if someone falls into deep water, call 999. If you are near the coast ask for the coastguard, if you are inland ask for the fire service and ambulance

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