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Drowning Prevention Week 2014

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is warning people to make sure they stay safe around water this summer.

The message comes as part of Drowning Prevention Week which runs from June 21 to 29.

As the County basks in a hot spell many people will be tempted to take a dip in lakes and ponds to cool off, but it is vital that people think twice before they strip off and dive in.

Senior Divisional Officer Julian Ashley said: “Every year young people drown because they took the foolish decision to swim in a lake, reservoir or quarry. We are urging everyone to be safe when they are near water and avoid swimming in inland water.

“No matter how warm it is the water in a quarry can remain cold all year round and the shock of the cold water is sometimes enough to drag people under.

“We have had to rescue people trapped as they attempt to climb down steep quarry walls to get to the water and youngsters injured as they dived in without knowing about underwater rocks and other hidden dangers.”

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