Heatwave swimming warning after six die in England

image copyrightYappAppimage captionSearches are ongoing for a man believed to have got into difficulty in Wakefield

Rescuers have warned of the invisible but deadly dangers of open water after six people drowned in English lakes and rivers over the weekend.

Bodies were recovered on Sunday in Manchester, Oxfordshire, Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Cumbria.

Searches for two more people are ongoing in the Lake District and West Yorkshire.

The Royal Life Saving Society urged the public to use caution when entering the water.

Lakes, beaches and rivers were busy on Saturday and Sunday as the UK had its hottest days of the year so far.

Emergency service across England were called to reports of people missing after entering bodies of water.

  • A 19-year-old man died after getting into difficulties in a canal at Salford Quays
  • A teenage girl died in hospital after she was pulled from a lake in Witney, Oxfordshire
  • In Cumbria, emergency services recovered the body of 16-year-old Mohammad Abdul Hamid from the River Eden in Carlisle
  • Rescuers in South Yorkshire recovered a man's body from a lake in Crookes Valley Park, Sheffield, just before midnight on Sunday
  • A man in his 50s was pulled from the River Ouse in York on Sunday after kayakers spotted his body near the Water End Bridge
  • Fire crews recovered a man's body at a flooded quarry in Derbyshire

Searches are continuing for a man in his 30s from London who was seen in Crummock Water in the Lake District, and for a man who was reported as having difficulties in a lake at Pugneys Country Park in Wakefield.

image copyrightGoogleimage captionA girl died in hospital after being pulled from a lake in Witney, Oxfordshire

Lee Heard, from the Royal Life Saving Society, said open-water swimming in hot weather placed people at risk of cold water shock.

"The difference between the air temperature and water temperature can literally take your breath away… it is silent, invisible and deadly.

"Water can also hide debris, strong currents and sudden changes in depth that can catch out even the strongest swimmers."

The charity said about 402 deaths a year were "entirely preventable".

With the summer holidays upon us, more people will be spending time around water. It's really important you know what to do if you or your loved ones were in danger.

Remember – Float to Live.

To see how to Float to Live, watch this video from @RNLI.

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— Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service (@CumbriaFire) July 19, 2021
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Fire services across the country have issued warnings as sun-seekers continue to flock to canals, reservoirs, lakes and beaches amid the the current hot spell.

All four nations of the UK recorded their hottest day of the year over the weekend and forecasters predict the weather will last for much of the week.

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For the first time the Met Office has issued an extreme heat warning.

It covers large parts of Wales, all of south-west England and parts of southern and central England until Thursday evening.

The Met Office said temperatures could climb to a maximum of 33C (91.4F).

The long-range weekend forecast for suggests spells of rain or showers are likely for many areas.

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