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Norfolk residents are being reminded of the dangers of swimming in open water by Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service - Water Safety

Norfolk residents are being reminded of the dangers of swimming in open water by Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service.

With the warmer weather set to continue in the coming days, Garry Collins, Head of Fire Prevention and Protection, has issued some safety advice to the public.

He said: “Sadly as the weather improves, so does the temptation to venture into the open water, particularly if we see other people doing the same. There is also the temptation to get paddling pools out at home. As such we would like to offer reminders which can help keep everyone safer this summer.”

Advice includes:

  • Ensure young ones are always supervised, even with small paddling pools in the garden.
  • If you are tempted to enter open water, remember cold water shock can take your breath away
  • Respect the water even in hot weather outdoor water temperatures remain cold. 
  • Avoid entering water in remote locations without any form of protection or supervision, even if you are a strong swimmer. 
  • Swim in your local swimming pool, it is the safest place. If you do wish to swim outside, go somewhere which is a designated swimming only area with easy access and egress and a lifeguard on hand to help in an emergency, while also being completely boat free.

“Sadly many drowning incidents involve more than one person as members of the public may respond to assist and also get into difficulty,” said Garry.

His advice comes as a Norfolk student handed over a cheque this week to Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, for The Fire Fighters Charity, in memory of a friend who drowned in open water while trying to save her cousin.

Milly visiting Sprowston

City College student Milly Folkard, aged 19, presented the money to fire fighters on Green Watch at Sprowston Fire Station.

Milly had raised the money with her friend Charlotte Robinson. £200 was given to The Fire Fighters Charity and £100 to Hemsby Lifeboat.

The money was raised over the past 18 months and additional money was used to buy a bench in memory of Stella Kambi and her cousin Bonheur Musungay.

Stella was a schoolfriend of Milly and Charlotte at Thorpe St Andrew High School. She drowned after jumping in to save Bonheur at Thorpe Marshes in August 2015.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service’s crew at Sprowston battled to save the teenagers. 

Garry said; "Sadly there are times when Fire Service staff need help to recover from injury, illness or poor health. Our Fire Fighters Charity facilities help us in such times offering rest, recuperations and recovery to support getting back to full recovery and back at work. It is such a valuable service and dependent on kind fund raising activities of this nature. We feel very honoured to accept this gift from Milly and Charlotte. It goes a long way to help our charity and the recovery of our staff to get back on the front line as quickly as possible.”

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