Ambulance service warning over open water dangers

Bosses at East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) are urging people to take care in and around open water during the summer holidays.

The warning comes as EMAS managers anticipate a rise in call-outs in warm weather and school holidays.

David Williams, EMAS's deputy director of operations, said the region's waterways could be dangerous for those willing to take risks.

He added people needed to take care in rivers, lakes, quarries and canals.

"Based on our experience in previous summers, sadly we know that we will be called to incidents where people have not thought about their actions and have endangered themselves by entering open water," said Mr Williams.

"It may be very appealing to jump into the water to cool off on a warm summer's day but people need to be aware of how dangerous it can be.

"Water can look calm on the surface but contain unseen debris and rivers can have treacherous undercurrents."

EMAS covers Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire.

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