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Warning about dangers of open water ahead of summer holidays

Police officers warn that a quick dip could have potential tragic consequences Credit: ITV News Anglia

Bedfordshire Police are urging people to think twice before jumping in the nearest lake or river to cool off ahead of the summer holidays.

The force is advising people to avoid risky open water areas, that could conceal strong undercurrents.

Around 85% of accidental drownings occur at open water sites.

It's instead encouraging people to pay a visit to the county’s many leisure centres and lidos instead.

Those walking, running or cycling near open water should also ensure they stay well clear of bank edges to avoid trips and falls.

Even the strongest of swimmers can get into difficulty as a result of undercurrents and deeper water, a bit of fun splashing around can soon turn into something a lot more tragic - as we have unfortunately seen in previous years.

– Chief Inspector Hob Hoque, of Bedfordshire Police