Death risk of staying cool

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REVELLERS enjoying the summer sun have been warned about the dangers of swimming in reservoirs.

As temperatures continue to soar some of us may be tempted to take a dip in the reservoirs but this decision could prove fatal

Yorkshire Water’s recreation and catchment manager Geoff Lomas said: “What began as a day out in the sun can turn to tragedy within minutes.

“It really doesn’t matter how well you can swim as it’s the cold which can kill you.”

Temperatures in reservoirs rarely get above 12C and strong currents, as water is drawn into the supply network, can drag people under the surface.

Mr Lomas said: “Most people won’t realise that as soon as your body feels the shock of cold water its natural defences kick in.

“The first sign of trouble is hyperventilation but, if the swimmer stays in the water, the body will gradually shut down to protect the vital organs and muscles will go into cramp.

“The victim will be unable to remain afloat and will sink below the surface.

“If help doesn’t arrive within seconds, they will drown.”

More details about Yorkshire Water’s Dying To Be Cool campaign are available on the company’s website at

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