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Lincolnshire Police officers highlight risks of our rivers as rising temperatures prompt dangerous activity

Warmer weather has led to an increase in calls to the police about children and adults playing in Lincolnshire’s rivers.

Despite the enjoyment associated with such activities, forces across the county have warned of the inherent dangers.

A statement posted to Grantham and Stamford Police Facebook pages said: “Although we don’t encourage this, we are aware that both adults and children enjoy this activity and will continue to do so, despite the dangers it presents.

Lincolnshire Police stock image with new crest. | Image: Daniel Jaines
Lincolnshire Police stock image with new crest. | Image: Daniel Jaines

“If you know your child goes out to enjoy the local waterways, please make sure they know how to keep themselves safe and what to do in an emergency.”

The advisory notice includes essential guidelines such as checking for submerged hazards, assessing water depth, and refraining from alcohol or drug consumption before river activities.

Collaboration between parents, children, and law enforcement is encouraged to mitigate risks effectively.

It is also advised to ensure at least one person has a mobile phone to call for help if needed.

The post included a message from the National Fire Chiefs Council which said: “You may be a strong swimmer in the warm water of an indoor pool.

“That does not mean that you will be able to swim in cold water.”

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