Ambulance service urges people to stay safe

East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) is urging people to take extra care in and around open water over the school holidays.

Every year EMAS is called to a number of incidents where people have required emergency medical attention after swimming in rivers, reservoirs, ponds, quarries, lakes or canals.

Traditionally these incidents occur when the warm weather sets in as schools break up for the summer holidays. This is when more people head to their favourite waterways to enjoy a day out.

David Williams, Deputy Director of Operations at EMAS, said: “Our many local waterways are popular destinations for people during the summer months, but they can be dangerous places for those who take risks.

“Traditionally ambulance service call outs to open water rescues increase during the summer as people attempt to cool off and then get into difficulty.

“Based on our experience in previous summers, sadly we know that we will be called to incidents where people have not thought about their actions and have endangered themselves by entering open water.”