Ambulance service warns public to be safe near water

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STAY safe near water this summer.

That is the message from the South Central Ambulance Service after they have had a series of calls to water-based incidents.

With the warm weather, the service has said people can forget there are still hazards in public places, many of which include people swimming in lakes and ponds with cold water, hidden currents and varying depths of water.

Tony Heselton, paramedic and SCAS safeguarding lead, said: ‘We are still seeing an increase in call outs to adults, young people and children getting into difficulty in open water.

‘Sadly, we have attended incidents which have resulted in death. We don’t want anyone else to lose their life in water-related emergencies.

‘It is vitally important that people of all ages heed this advice.’