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Warning for swimmers as holidays approach

The fire service carrying out rescue exercises in Thirlmere. Credit: ITV Border

United Utilities are reinforcing calls for people not to swim in the region's reservoirs, rivers and lakes, as the school holidays approach.

The warnings come after a man died in Windermere and another in the River Esk in the past fortnight.

Two years ago a man drowned in Thirlmere, which is managed by the company.

'He's always had a talent'

Double gold winning swimmer Luke Greenbank has "always had a talent" according to his coach.

The 17-year-old, from Cockermouth, won his second gold medal of the European Games this afternoon.

He came first in both the 100m and 200m backstroke races of the competition in Baku.


Cockermouth swimmer goes for gold

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Cockermouth swimmer Luke Greenbank will be competing in the semi-finals of the 200 metre backstroke at the European Games this afternoon.

Yesterday he won gold in the 100 metres backstroke at the competition in Baku.

The seventeen-year-old was fastest in the heats for today's race and if he gets through, he'll take part in the final tomorrow.


Scottish swimmers compete in European Special Olympics

A pair of swimmers from the Border region are in action this week at the Special Olympics European games.

They've travelled from Dumfries and Galloway to Antwerp in Belgium, to take part in the sporting event for those with learning disabilities.

Lauren Hall's been finding out how they're getting on.

Hundreds in 2nd Coniston Chill Swim

Hundreds of swimmers have competed in the second Coniston Chill Swim.

The race is over the full length of the lake and has had twice as many entrants than last year. Fiona Marley Paterson reports.

The Big Chill

Five hundred swimmers brave the cold in order to take part in the open water event at Coniston.

Early swimmers take to the water. Credit: ITV Border
Safety boats on hand to protect those taking part. Credit: ITV Border
Competitors tackle the five mile course around the lake. Credit: ITV Border
The final finishers expected to hit home around 3pm. Credit: ITV Border
Idyllic setting and conditions for the race. Credit: ITV Border
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