Council’s Open Water Swimming Warning

Dear School,

It has recently been brought to our attention that young people are swimming at a number of open water locations throughout the Borough. Intelligence suggests that the Colliers Moss Common (high school aged young people / especially the year 11 after they have finished their exams), the Brook and the Lagoon in Parr are all being frequented.

As a direct result of this intelligence, St Helens Council have issued a press release (see below) highlighting the dangers, and the relevant Council outreach teams have been informed.

Kind regards,
St Helens Council

Press Release
While the country currently enjoys a nice spell of warm weather, St Helens Council’s safer communities team would like to remind the public of the dangers of open-water swimming.

The announcement comes following the deaths of two teenagers in Greater Manchester this week whose bodies were found in reservoirs in unrelated incidents – while the council has also received reports of young children swimming in the open waters in the Parr area of the borough.

St Helens Council’s portfolio holder for safer communities, Councillor Anthony Burns has stressed the importance of staying clear of lakes, ponds and reservoirs as temperatures soar because of the fatal consequences swimming in these types of environments can often lead to.

“Under no circumstances must anyone attempt to swim in open-water,” Councillor Burns said. “Sadly, this type of risk has resulted in tragic outcomes recently and even the strongest of swimmers can become overwhelmed by ice cold water and drown.

“Swimming is an activity many of us enjoy when the weather is nice – but this should be done in supervised areas only such as leisure centre swimming pools.”