Friday, 19 July 2013

Broads swim danger warning

The temptation to take a cooling plunge might soar with the temperatures but rangers are warning of the life-threatening dangers of swimming in Broads rivers and lakes.

Head of Ranger Services Adrian Vernon said the Broads are full of unseen dangers.

“In the hot weather the rivers and broads look very inviting to cool off. But we recommend you stay on them rather than in them.

“The Broads are wild with all sorts of hidden hazards such as underwater weed, obstructions and currents which are dangerous to swimmers and in the past have caused people to drown.

“Despite the temperatures outside they are also cold and the shock of jumping in can sometimes kill.

“It is also dangerous to swim with lots of boats around, which may drive over you if you're not easily visible.”

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