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NI Water Warning To Bangor Young People
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NI Water Warning To Bangor Young People

NI Water has put out a strong message to pupils of St. Columbanus’ College in Bangor to stay away from reservoirs and other bodies of water, including disused quarries, which are not open for public access.

As the summer holidays begin, the temptation is there for groups of children and young people to take a dip or bring boats and water equipment onto the water.

However, as Michael Bergin, Health and Safety Manager at NI Water, explains, there is a very real danger lying beneath the water:

“Understandably, a reservoir or quarry can look like the perfect place to cool down on a hot day and have some fun with friends. However, below the calm surface lie some very real hidden dangers.

Hidden strong undercurrents can drag you under or sweep even the strongest swimmer away from the edge.
Weeds and plants can entangle you under the water and prevent you from resurfacing.
Reservoir water is very deep and dangerously cold, even on the warmest of days.
Consuming alcohol can slow down your reactions.
Reservoirs and other water bodies can be in isolated places, therefore it is likely to be too late for help to arrive if you are in trouble.

“We would appeal to parents to explain to their children the dangers of playing in or around these areas.

“I am also urging the local community to be vigilant as NI Water is experiencing a growing problem of people vandalising our sites or damaging fencing around sites to gain access.

‘‘We want people to have a lovely, enjoyable summer, but a safe one too. Always be aware of the dangers and resist the temptation to play in reservoirs or abandoned quarries, or you may not live to regret it.’’

Photo Caption: Stephen Selvin, Connor Emmett, Matthew Elliott and Jake Elliott, all pupils at St. Columbanus’ College in Bangor, giving advice on reservoir and cold water safety.

Editorial

School's out for summer and professionals such as NI Water only give warnings to parents where they perceive real danger to your children and often this advice comes at a very real cost paid by others. Be wise this summer sit your children down and discuss what they can, can't, should and shouldn't do before it becomes DEADLY serious. Enjoy your summer but be safe!

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