Warning to stay safe near water

Youngsters are being warned about the dangers of swimming in open water during the summer holidays.

Following the tragic deaths of two teenage girls in the River Wear last week, Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service and Northumberland Safeguarding Children Board have issued a warning and advice.

Alex Bennett, chief fire officer for Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, said: “There are three main dangers to people entering open water – the cold, currents and a lack of information about what lies beneath the surface, especially in rivers and canals.”

Coun Dave Ledger, deputy leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “We would like to remind people of the dangers, so that they can take the necessary precautions to remain safe.”

Potential swimmers are urged to not swim alone, always keep within your depth, beware of weeds, do not dive in, and look at the surface of the water.

For more about water safety visit www.rospa.com