WARNING: East Lancashire reservoir dip can be deadly

Signs make clear the dangers of swimming in reservoirs

Signs make clear the dangers of swimming in reservoirs

First published in News Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

EAST Lancashire’s water supplier United Utilities has warned people not to swim in reservoirs or quarries this summer.

The company, which owns more than 180 reservoirs across the north west, said people should not swim in unsupervised inland water during warmer weather because they would risk becoming a ‘fatal statistic’.

The supplier said that ‘most accidental, water-related deaths occur in May’ and are ‘likely to take place on a Sunday’, according to the latest available figures which were released last year.

It comes as the weather looks set to warm up again towards this weekend.

In 2012, a 15-year-old drowned after getting into difficulty while swimming in Chorley.

Tom Barton was with five friends at a lodge in Yarrow Valley Country Park when the incident took place.

Mark Byard, United Utilities’ health and safety manager, said: “It is a real tragedy that people have lost their lives in UK inland waters.

“One of the main reasons for this is that places like reservoirs are often in attractive settings and on the surface look safe, but the reality is that they are incredibly dangerous.

“Although it may seem fun, ignoring the signs and swimming in reservoirs is not a game — it carries a serious risk.

“We urge people to stay safe and stay out.”

Safety threats include the low temperature of the water, how deep it is, algae and hidden obstacles.

According to the figures, which are part of a ‘Water Incident Database Report’, there were 371 accidents across the country in 2012.

The majority of deaths after the accidents involved males aged between 20 and 24 and 60 and 64.

Last year, bosses at Jamestone Quarry, off Grane Road, Haslingden, stepped up security to prevent an ‘inevitable tragedy’.

For more information on water safety, visit www.unitedutilities.com/reservoir-safety

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6:39pm Tue 27 May 14

wilddog says...

Make it a criminal offense! Simple!. Cannot cost that much to put up cctv cameras around them neither!
Make it a criminal offense! Simple!. Cannot cost that much to put up cctv cameras around them neither! wilddog
  • Score: 5

7:05pm Tue 27 May 14

AnthonyUK says...

I have NO sympathy for ANYONE who drowns in reservoirs young or old by illegally taking a dip in them, it should be a criminal offence for ANYBODY who swims in reservoirs during hot sunny weather.
I have NO sympathy for ANYONE who drowns in reservoirs young or old by illegally taking a dip in them, it should be a criminal offence for ANYBODY who swims in reservoirs during hot sunny weather. AnthonyUK
  • Score: 3

9:30pm Tue 27 May 14

Darrens Delivery Service says...

AnthonyUK wrote:
I have NO sympathy for ANYONE who drowns in reservoirs young or old by illegally taking a dip in them, it should be a criminal offence for ANYBODY who swims in reservoirs during hot sunny weather.
Look, kids are kids, they just like a swim on a warm day.NO sympathy who drowns in reservoirs. My god, lets hope your child if you have one does not go for a dip and drown.
[quote][p][bold]AnthonyUK[/bold] wrote: I have NO sympathy for ANYONE who drowns in reservoirs young or old by illegally taking a dip in them, it should be a criminal offence for ANYBODY who swims in reservoirs during hot sunny weather.[/p][/quote]Look, kids are kids, they just like a swim on a warm day.NO sympathy who drowns in reservoirs. My god, lets hope your child if you have one does not go for a dip and drown. Darrens Delivery Service
  • Score: 1

9:51pm Tue 27 May 14

AnthonyUK says...

Darrens Delivery Service wrote:
AnthonyUK wrote:
I have NO sympathy for ANYONE who drowns in reservoirs young or old by illegally taking a dip in them, it should be a criminal offence for ANYBODY who swims in reservoirs during hot sunny weather.
Look, kids are kids, they just like a swim on a warm day.NO sympathy who drowns in reservoirs. My god, lets hope your child if you have one does not go for a dip and drown.
so its ok for kids to break laws and rules and risk injury/death thru taking a plunge into a reservoir is it? And parents are RIGHT to defend this risky behaviour even if they lose their son/daughter thru a risky activity like this? You are a sad example for a parent darren delivery service.
[quote][p][bold]Darrens Delivery Service[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AnthonyUK[/bold] wrote: I have NO sympathy for ANYONE who drowns in reservoirs young or old by illegally taking a dip in them, it should be a criminal offence for ANYBODY who swims in reservoirs during hot sunny weather.[/p][/quote]Look, kids are kids, they just like a swim on a warm day.NO sympathy who drowns in reservoirs. My god, lets hope your child if you have one does not go for a dip and drown.[/p][/quote]so its ok for kids to break laws and rules and risk injury/death thru taking a plunge into a reservoir is it? And parents are RIGHT to defend this risky behaviour even if they lose their son/daughter thru a risky activity like this? You are a sad example for a parent darren delivery service. AnthonyUK
  • Score: 0

10:23pm Tue 27 May 14

Darrens Delivery Service says...

AnthonyUK wrote:
Darrens Delivery Service wrote:
AnthonyUK wrote:
I have NO sympathy for ANYONE who drowns in reservoirs young or old by illegally taking a dip in them, it should be a criminal offence for ANYBODY who swims in reservoirs during hot sunny weather.
Look, kids are kids, they just like a swim on a warm day.NO sympathy who drowns in reservoirs. My god, lets hope your child if you have one does not go for a dip and drown.
so its ok for kids to break laws and rules and risk injury/death thru taking a plunge into a reservoir is it? And parents are RIGHT to defend this risky behaviour even if they lose their son/daughter thru a risky activity like this? You are a sad example for a parent darren delivery service.
What a pillock...
[quote][p][bold]AnthonyUK[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Darrens Delivery Service[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AnthonyUK[/bold] wrote: I have NO sympathy for ANYONE who drowns in reservoirs young or old by illegally taking a dip in them, it should be a criminal offence for ANYBODY who swims in reservoirs during hot sunny weather.[/p][/quote]Look, kids are kids, they just like a swim on a warm day.NO sympathy who drowns in reservoirs. My god, lets hope your child if you have one does not go for a dip and drown.[/p][/quote]so its ok for kids to break laws and rules and risk injury/death thru taking a plunge into a reservoir is it? And parents are RIGHT to defend this risky behaviour even if they lose their son/daughter thru a risky activity like this? You are a sad example for a parent darren delivery service.[/p][/quote]What a pillock... Darrens Delivery Service
  • Score: 2

10:30pm Tue 27 May 14

AnthonyUK says...

Darrens Delivery Service wrote:
AnthonyUK wrote:
Darrens Delivery Service wrote:
AnthonyUK wrote:
I have NO sympathy for ANYONE who drowns in reservoirs young or old by illegally taking a dip in them, it should be a criminal offence for ANYBODY who swims in reservoirs during hot sunny weather.
Look, kids are kids, they just like a swim on a warm day.NO sympathy who drowns in reservoirs. My god, lets hope your child if you have one does not go for a dip and drown.
so its ok for kids to break laws and rules and risk injury/death thru taking a plunge into a reservoir is it? And parents are RIGHT to defend this risky behaviour even if they lose their son/daughter thru a risky activity like this? You are a sad example for a parent darren delivery service.
What a pillock...
and you're no better yourself!!! I would rather the kids went to a swimming baths or fun pool than risked death or injury swimming in a cold reservoir on a hot sunny day unlike you who would like your kids to take risks and be injured or killed. If I were in charge of United Utilities I would prosecute people and kids who swim in reservoirs on hot sunny days even yours and get you as parent jailed and fined.
[quote][p][bold]Darrens Delivery Service[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AnthonyUK[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Darrens Delivery Service[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AnthonyUK[/bold] wrote: I have NO sympathy for ANYONE who drowns in reservoirs young or old by illegally taking a dip in them, it should be a criminal offence for ANYBODY who swims in reservoirs during hot sunny weather.[/p][/quote]Look, kids are kids, they just like a swim on a warm day.NO sympathy who drowns in reservoirs. My god, lets hope your child if you have one does not go for a dip and drown.[/p][/quote]so its ok for kids to break laws and rules and risk injury/death thru taking a plunge into a reservoir is it? And parents are RIGHT to defend this risky behaviour even if they lose their son/daughter thru a risky activity like this? You are a sad example for a parent darren delivery service.[/p][/quote]What a pillock...[/p][/quote]and you're no better yourself!!! I would rather the kids went to a swimming baths or fun pool than risked death or injury swimming in a cold reservoir on a hot sunny day unlike you who would like your kids to take risks and be injured or killed. If I were in charge of United Utilities I would prosecute people and kids who swim in reservoirs on hot sunny days even yours and get you as parent jailed and fined. AnthonyUK
  • Score: 0

10:31pm Tue 27 May 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

I hope they are getting this message out in schools, it's can only do limited good putting it in a news paper.

Education is the key not laws.
I hope they are getting this message out in schools, it's can only do limited good putting it in a news paper. Education is the key not laws. HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: 6

10:37pm Tue 27 May 14

AnthonyUK says...

HelmshoreMan2010 wrote:
I hope they are getting this message out in schools, it's can only do limited good putting it in a news paper.

Education is the key not laws.
kids will never listen to messages then what? should UU accept what kids do EVEN if they get injured/killed? How responsible is that?
[quote][p][bold]HelmshoreMan2010[/bold] wrote: I hope they are getting this message out in schools, it's can only do limited good putting it in a news paper. Education is the key not laws.[/p][/quote]kids will never listen to messages then what? should UU accept what kids do EVEN if they get injured/killed? How responsible is that? AnthonyUK
  • Score: -1

10:44pm Tue 27 May 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

And you think a few fines would cover the cost to fit CCTV and police the 180 reservoirs in just the north west alone?

As good as it would be it's just impossible, and the people who wouldn't listen to the educational messages are the people who wouldn't listen to laws so it's not going to work anyway and would just increase everybody's water bill for minimal effect.
And you think a few fines would cover the cost to fit CCTV and police the 180 reservoirs in just the north west alone? As good as it would be it's just impossible, and the people who wouldn't listen to the educational messages are the people who wouldn't listen to laws so it's not going to work anyway and would just increase everybody's water bill for minimal effect. HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: 3

11:34pm Tue 27 May 14

AnthonyUK says...

Darrens Delivery Service wrote:
AnthonyUK wrote:
I have NO sympathy for ANYONE who drowns in reservoirs young or old by illegally taking a dip in them, it should be a criminal offence for ANYBODY who swims in reservoirs during hot sunny weather.
Look, kids are kids, they just like a swim on a warm day.NO sympathy who drowns in reservoirs. My god, lets hope your child if you have one does not go for a dip and drown.
tell you what if I had kids they'd get a slap for swimming in reservoirs and I dont care what YOU think as a dogooder or what anyone else thinks;I couldnt accept the heartbreak of the police telling me my son or daughter is dead thru swimming in a reservoir and drowning because the summer weather tempted them to.
[quote][p][bold]Darrens Delivery Service[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AnthonyUK[/bold] wrote: I have NO sympathy for ANYONE who drowns in reservoirs young or old by illegally taking a dip in them, it should be a criminal offence for ANYBODY who swims in reservoirs during hot sunny weather.[/p][/quote]Look, kids are kids, they just like a swim on a warm day.NO sympathy who drowns in reservoirs. My god, lets hope your child if you have one does not go for a dip and drown.[/p][/quote]tell you what if I had kids they'd get a slap for swimming in reservoirs and I dont care what YOU think as a dogooder or what anyone else thinks;I couldnt accept the heartbreak of the police telling me my son or daughter is dead thru swimming in a reservoir and drowning because the summer weather tempted them to. AnthonyUK
  • Score: 1

12:45am Wed 28 May 14

Bernard Righton says...

Darrens Delivery Service wrote:
AnthonyUK wrote:
Darrens Delivery Service wrote:
AnthonyUK wrote:
I have NO sympathy for ANYONE who drowns in reservoirs young or old by illegally taking a dip in them, it should be a criminal offence for ANYBODY who swims in reservoirs during hot sunny weather.
Look, kids are kids, they just like a swim on a warm day.NO sympathy who drowns in reservoirs. My god, lets hope your child if you have one does not go for a dip and drown.
so its ok for kids to break laws and rules and risk injury/death thru taking a plunge into a reservoir is it? And parents are RIGHT to defend this risky behaviour even if they lose their son/daughter thru a risky activity like this? You are a sad example for a parent darren delivery service.
What a pillock...
Pillock?
Really???

Parents have a responsibility - like it or not, to educate and manage their offspring.
The parents are wholly accountable for the actions of their children, perhaps penalising the parents would have a more lasting effect than trying to prosecute/punish the children....
[quote][p][bold]Darrens Delivery Service[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AnthonyUK[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Darrens Delivery Service[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AnthonyUK[/bold] wrote: I have NO sympathy for ANYONE who drowns in reservoirs young or old by illegally taking a dip in them, it should be a criminal offence for ANYBODY who swims in reservoirs during hot sunny weather.[/p][/quote]Look, kids are kids, they just like a swim on a warm day.NO sympathy who drowns in reservoirs. My god, lets hope your child if you have one does not go for a dip and drown.[/p][/quote]so its ok for kids to break laws and rules and risk injury/death thru taking a plunge into a reservoir is it? And parents are RIGHT to defend this risky behaviour even if they lose their son/daughter thru a risky activity like this? You are a sad example for a parent darren delivery service.[/p][/quote]What a pillock...[/p][/quote]Pillock? Really??? Parents have a responsibility - like it or not, to educate and manage their offspring. The parents are wholly accountable for the actions of their children, perhaps penalising the parents would have a more lasting effect than trying to prosecute/punish the children.... Bernard Righton
  • Score: 5

2:05am Wed 28 May 14

woolywords says...

Darrens Delivery Service wrote:
AnthonyUK wrote:
I have NO sympathy for ANYONE who drowns in reservoirs young or old by illegally taking a dip in them, it should be a criminal offence for ANYBODY who swims in reservoirs during hot sunny weather.
Look, kids are kids, they just like a swim on a warm day.NO sympathy who drowns in reservoirs. My god, lets hope your child if you have one does not go for a dip and drown.
and parents are parents..
if your dim kid doesn't respect your advice of..don't go there,
then there is one less idiot, like you, in the gene pool..
Every year, without fail, we have these stories,
of how some sad sack, dies in the waters around here.
Yet strangely, in the Lake District, where I come from, local kids, don't drown. Feel free to call me, a Northern idiot.
In a few months time, as it gets hotter, and water levels drop,
some idiot child, is going to leap to their death off a bridge.
Do I care; of course I do, it could be, your child.
Heavens forfend that it is but...
You just know that it's going to happen.
Big signs up..
Messages in the Press..
Verbal warnings to our lovely mites..
He who dares, dies
You know that stuff, that is blatantly ignored.
I've been there, done that.
What do parents know.. they are old fuddy duddy's, never done anything in their lives..

I gave kiss of life, to a friend, who jumped off the pier at Ullswater; he died.
Try doing that, when you are just 10..
Am a 60 year old fuddy duddy, with kids and grandkids.
You will still cry a little, when you read of these deaths, even at my age.
But, as ever, you know better than me.
[quote][p][bold]Darrens Delivery Service[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AnthonyUK[/bold] wrote: I have NO sympathy for ANYONE who drowns in reservoirs young or old by illegally taking a dip in them, it should be a criminal offence for ANYBODY who swims in reservoirs during hot sunny weather.[/p][/quote]Look, kids are kids, they just like a swim on a warm day.NO sympathy who drowns in reservoirs. My god, lets hope your child if you have one does not go for a dip and drown.[/p][/quote]and parents are parents.. if your dim kid doesn't respect your advice of..don't go there, then there is one less idiot, like you, in the gene pool.. Every year, without fail, we have these stories, of how some sad sack, dies in the waters around here. Yet strangely, in the Lake District, where I come from, local kids, don't drown. Feel free to call me, a Northern idiot. In a few months time, as it gets hotter, and water levels drop, some idiot child, is going to leap to their death off a bridge. Do I care; of course I do, it could be, your child. Heavens forfend that it is but... You just know that it's going to happen. Big signs up.. Messages in the Press.. Verbal warnings to our lovely mites.. He who dares, dies You know that stuff, that is blatantly ignored. I've been there, done that. What do parents know.. they are old fuddy duddy's, never done anything in their lives.. I gave kiss of life, to a friend, who jumped off the pier at Ullswater; he died. Try doing that, when you are just 10.. Am a 60 year old fuddy duddy, with kids and grandkids. You will still cry a little, when you read of these deaths, even at my age. But, as ever, you know better than me. woolywords
  • Score: 3

2:18am Wed 28 May 14

woolywords says...

A few years ago, a Lancashire man thought it would be a good idea to dump his murdered wife in a lake, as in some Hollywood film, thinking that it would never be found.
However, in that same lake, scuba diving nuts had made this 'Octopusses Garden', complete with gnomes.
When United Utilities learned of this, they demanded that it be moved.
And so, in the search for a more secret location, her body was discovered.
The rest, as they say, is history.
http://www.divernet.
com/UK_Diving/158821
/gnomes_and_gardens.
html
A few years ago, a Lancashire man thought it would be a good idea to dump his murdered wife in a lake, as in some Hollywood film, thinking that it would never be found. However, in that same lake, scuba diving nuts had made this 'Octopusses Garden', complete with gnomes. When United Utilities learned of this, they demanded that it be moved. And so, in the search for a more secret location, her body was discovered. The rest, as they say, is history. http://www.divernet. com/UK_Diving/158821 /gnomes_and_gardens. html woolywords
  • Score: 0

8:23am Wed 28 May 14

Steven Seagull says...

AnthonyUK wrote:
HelmshoreMan2010 wrote:
I hope they are getting this message out in schools, it's can only do limited good putting it in a news paper.

Education is the key not laws.
kids will never listen to messages then what? should UU accept what kids do EVEN if they get injured/killed? How responsible is that?
Yes let's jail every child who doesn't listen and while we're at it let's jail every parent for not making their children listen.

You sir are spewing some right royal b0llocks from your pie hole.
[quote][p][bold]AnthonyUK[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HelmshoreMan2010[/bold] wrote: I hope they are getting this message out in schools, it's can only do limited good putting it in a news paper. Education is the key not laws.[/p][/quote]kids will never listen to messages then what? should UU accept what kids do EVEN if they get injured/killed? How responsible is that?[/p][/quote]Yes let's jail every child who doesn't listen and while we're at it let's jail every parent for not making their children listen. You sir are spewing some right royal b0llocks from your pie hole. Steven Seagull
  • Score: -1

8:38am Wed 28 May 14

AnthonyUK says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
AnthonyUK wrote:
HelmshoreMan2010 wrote:
I hope they are getting this message out in schools, it's can only do limited good putting it in a news paper.

Education is the key not laws.
kids will never listen to messages then what? should UU accept what kids do EVEN if they get injured/killed? How responsible is that?
Yes let's jail every child who doesn't listen and while we're at it let's jail every parent for not making their children listen.

You sir are spewing some right royal b0llocks from your pie hole.
better a prosecuted parent and a cautioned child than a dead child and heartbroken parent you divvey
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AnthonyUK[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HelmshoreMan2010[/bold] wrote: I hope they are getting this message out in schools, it's can only do limited good putting it in a news paper. Education is the key not laws.[/p][/quote]kids will never listen to messages then what? should UU accept what kids do EVEN if they get injured/killed? How responsible is that?[/p][/quote]Yes let's jail every child who doesn't listen and while we're at it let's jail every parent for not making their children listen. You sir are spewing some right royal b0llocks from your pie hole.[/p][/quote]better a prosecuted parent and a cautioned child than a dead child and heartbroken parent you divvey AnthonyUK
  • Score: 5

9:08pm Wed 28 May 14

AnthonyUK says...

Bernard Righton wrote:
Darrens Delivery Service wrote:
AnthonyUK wrote:
Darrens Delivery Service wrote:
AnthonyUK wrote:
I have NO sympathy for ANYONE who drowns in reservoirs young or old by illegally taking a dip in them, it should be a criminal offence for ANYBODY who swims in reservoirs during hot sunny weather.
Look, kids are kids, they just like a swim on a warm day.NO sympathy who drowns in reservoirs. My god, lets hope your child if you have one does not go for a dip and drown.
so its ok for kids to break laws and rules and risk injury/death thru taking a plunge into a reservoir is it? And parents are RIGHT to defend this risky behaviour even if they lose their son/daughter thru a risky activity like this? You are a sad example for a parent darren delivery service.
What a pillock...
Pillock?
Really???

Parents have a responsibility - like it or not, to educate and manage their offspring.
The parents are wholly accountable for the actions of their children, perhaps penalising the parents would have a more lasting effect than trying to prosecute/punish the children....
Very true.
[quote][p][bold]Bernard Righton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Darrens Delivery Service[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AnthonyUK[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Darrens Delivery Service[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AnthonyUK[/bold] wrote: I have NO sympathy for ANYONE who drowns in reservoirs young or old by illegally taking a dip in them, it should be a criminal offence for ANYBODY who swims in reservoirs during hot sunny weather.[/p][/quote]Look, kids are kids, they just like a swim on a warm day.NO sympathy who drowns in reservoirs. My god, lets hope your child if you have one does not go for a dip and drown.[/p][/quote]so its ok for kids to break laws and rules and risk injury/death thru taking a plunge into a reservoir is it? And parents are RIGHT to defend this risky behaviour even if they lose their son/daughter thru a risky activity like this? You are a sad example for a parent darren delivery service.[/p][/quote]What a pillock...[/p][/quote]Pillock? Really??? Parents have a responsibility - like it or not, to educate and manage their offspring. The parents are wholly accountable for the actions of their children, perhaps penalising the parents would have a more lasting effect than trying to prosecute/punish the children....[/p][/quote]Very true. AnthonyUK
  • Score: 2

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