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Don't go swimming in reservoirs, authorities warn

Despite the easing of lockdown, Glossopdale Police Safer Neighbourhood Team's message on taking a dip in reservoirs is still clear after reports of people swimming in them.

People are being warned by United Utilities, the police and fire and rescue service not to go swimming in reservoirs as the government eases lockdown measures allowing unlimited outdoor exercise.

The SNT attended Swineshaw Reservoir, Old Glossop, last week with officers from Glossop Fire Station to check that no one was in the water.

Swimming in reservoirs is strictly not allowed due to the hidden dangers and risk of drowning. 

Despite these dangers, people jumping into reservoirs and other restricted inland waters is a problem that results in injuries and tragic deaths every year.

In recent years people have been swimming in Swineshaw in Bottoms Reservoir, Tintwistle.

Statistically, most likely to venture in are teenagers.

Paula Steer, from United Utilities, said: “The government’s ease of lockdown restrictions is welcome news for many, however as a company, we fear this may lead to a surge in people visiting our reservoirs to go swimming, particularly children and young people.

“Deaths in reservoirs is a very real problem and despite our warnings, we continue to hear of the needless deaths of people, mainly teenagers, accidentally drowning in open water.”


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DANGER: A sign at Swineshaw Reservoir.


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