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Lake District Rangers: 'Be seen, and have support'

Lake District National Park Rangers have teamed up with local open water swimmers to launch a safe swim code.

Tens of thousands of swimmers will attend open water swimming events in the area this summer.

It's one of the fastest-growing sports in the county. The swim safe code asks swimmers to 'Be seen, and have support.'

Sara Spicer is a Lake District National Park Ranger:

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Safe swim code launched in Lake District

Lake District National Park Rangers have teamed up with local open water swimmers to launch a safe swim code.

Tens of thousands of swimmers will attend open water swimming events in the Lake District this summer.

It's one of the faster-growing sports in the county.

The swim safe code asks swimmers to 'Be seen, have support.'

The code:

  • Have a safety boat or canoe support displaying a white and blue Alpha flag
  • Wear a bright swim cap and tow a bright float
  • Never swim alone
  • Wear a wet suit
  • Stick close to the shore

Litter in a National Park is "completely out of order"

"Litter in a National Park is just, well, completely out of order! Congratulations to Friends of the Lake District and their army of volunteers in giving up their weekend time to clean up this beautiful place. We need more public spirited local actions like this if we are ever going to tackle litter pollution in our countryside."

– Bill Bryson, Friends of the Lake District

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Local organisations clear up Lake District

30 volunteers retrieved 80 bags of rubbish from the Lake District shores.

The volunteers from local organisations collected huge bags full of rubbish from Rydal Water, Grasmere and Elterwater, on Saturday 5 April.

Volunteers were from local organisations Credit: Friends of the Lake District

They came across items like watering cans, tennis balls and pike fishing lures.

Volunteers collected 80 bags of rubbish Credit: Friends of the Lake District

Jack Ellerby, policy officer at Friends of the Lake District, said: "I am truly amazed how much we collected, it’s wonderful we cleared up so much but I’m saddened people discard so much rubbish!

"We hope that...days like this...will inspire more people to clean up their own areas. Every little helps and collectively we can make a difference!"

Police renew appeal for missing Matthew Jordan

Police are again appealing for information to help find missing Middlesbrough man Matthew Jordan.

A further search over the weekend found nothing.

The 20-year-old went missing early on Thursday 27 March while visiting Bowness-on-Windermere.

Police believe he was last seen on the Rayrigg Road around 1am and would like to speak to anyone who was driving or walking along the road.

Cumbria police thank volunteers searching for student

Police say nothing significant has been found during searches for missing student Matthew Jordan this weekend.

"I would like to thank everyone who has volunteered their spare time over the past two days to help in our search for Matthew. Everyone who has turned up has been very motivated and keen to be out looking and searching in the wet and cold weather conditions. Their support has helped us to search a vast area in awful weather conditions and this is really appreciated."

– Detective Inspector Furzana Nazir, Cumbria Police
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