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Water Safety Update

Water Safety Update

This week one of our PCSOs dealt with an incident in which a young person sustained an injury when a group of youngsters from the village ‎were jumping 15 feet from a footbridge into the canal at Crick. After first aid was administered young person was taken to the A and E Department after some 5 hours was allowed to return home. This incident illustrates the dangers.

Our PCSOs are working with Enforcement Officers from the Canal and River Trust and will be carrying regular patrols of the Grand Union Canal to keep visitors to this location safe. As another warm weekend is expected in the county. They have asked that this advice is published. Please read it and pass it on so that we don't have a more serious incident.

Summer water safety 2018

On a hot day, it might seem like a great idea to cool down in open water. However, we strongly advise you stay out of the water. There are too many risks that you can't see hidden below the surface and lots of other ways you can cool down.

We want everyone who visits our canals and rivers to enjoy them safely. So we've listed out some of the reasons why you're better off enjoying the fresh air, wonderful wildlife and relaxing environment from the towpath.

Depth perception

Canals are often shallow, which you can't tell from the surface. If you jump in you are likely to injure yourself, possibly seriously

However, don't be fooled by thinking that all canals are shallow. If you can't put your feet on the ground, it'll be much harder to get out. Rivers, reservoirs and docks are generally much deeper, and colder

Hidden dangers under the water

Canals are havens for wildlife and maintaining water habitats are an important part of our work. If you're in the water, reeds and other plant life could get tangled around your limbs and trap you in the water making it very difficult to climb out

Sadly, rubbish like shopping trolleys can be lurking below the surface of canals and rivers. If you're in the water you could injure yourself by cutting yourself on a rusty old bicycle or broken glass, or get trapped on a larger piece of rubbish, like a trolley or even a motorbike


Waterborne diseases, including Weil's Disease (leptospirosis), are extremely rare, but if you are swimming you're most exposed to them. If you are likely to come into contact with water it's sensible to take a few precautions:

If you've got any cuts or scratches, keep them covered

If you fall in, take a shower and treat cuts with antiseptic and a sterile dressing

Wash wet clothing before you wear it again

If you develop flu-like symptoms within two weeks, see a doctor and mention that you fell in the water. Not all doctors will know to look for signs of Weil's Disease, so do suggest it as a possibility

Cold temperatures

Even on a hot day inland waterways will be colder than you think, particularly reservoirs and docks as they're deeper. Low temperatures can cause your blood to rush away from your muscles to protect your organs and limbs and muscles may become fatigued quickly - this can lead to drowning.

Posted: Mon, 01 Jul 2019 16:07 by Brian Hughes

Tags: Police, Water Safety