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The Humber Estuary..sail to spurn point by photographer Colin Malin

Advice around staying safe in open waters

As lockdown restrictions ease and we continue to enjoy the warm summer weather, ahead of the weekend we are urging people to remain cautious when around open waters.

Superintend Marc Adams said: “Within our force area we have some fantastic rivers, lakes and beaches which many families with children and young people will be visiting over the weekend and throughout the summer, however we are urging them to be aware of the dangers open waters can pose.

“In this warm weather it is can be tempting to try and cool off by taking a dip in open waters, while these locations may seem ideal places for a spot of swimming, jumping into open water can lead to tragedy with numerous risks, including the water temperature, the presence of hidden obstructions beneath the surface and unknown depths.

“We really want the residents of Humberside to enjoy the facilities that the area has to offer however we would urge people to take precautions to ensure the safety of themselves, their families and those around them.

If you’re heading to the beach this weekend, here are some key tips to remember whilst you visit to make sure you can remain safe whilst still having fun:

• Only ever swim between red and yellow flags, as these are the areas patrolled by lifeguards on those beaches that have them.

• Think twice about using inflatables in the water – as it is easy for them to be blown out to sea quickly. If there’s an orange windsock flying, it’s especially dangerous.

• Be aware of tide times, to ensure you don’t get cut off.

If someone falls into deep water, call 999. If you are near the coast ask for the coastguard, if you are inland ask for the fire service and ambulance.

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