Residents reminded of water dangers
With the school summer holidays about to start, Wakefield Council is warning young people and their parents of the dangers of swimming in deep water.
Hidden dangers can lurk beneath the surface of ponds, lakes and flooded quarries, such as discarded waste which can trap people, as well as slippery rocks and sudden changes in water depth.
Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities at Wakefield Council, said: "Water can become dangerously cold when it gets deeper. During hot weather some people may be tempted into the water for what appears to be a cooling dip.
"But you never know what's under the water such as tangles of weeds and rubbish, which raises the risk of drowning or of suffering a severe injury. So please keep away from open water and stay safe this summer."
For a list of council swimming pools, visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/sport-and-leisure