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Safety fears over river swimming

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Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service isurging people not to swim in inland waters such as rivers, canals and lakes after three people were rescued from the River Thames in Windsor during the early hours of this morning.

Jess James, Station Manager at Caversham explains:

“It’s important to be aware that while the surface of the water may feel fairly warm, the rest of it is still very cold. This can make your muscles tire out very quickly and can cause cold shock. Drinking alcohol can make things even worse.

“It’s difficult to judge the depth of the water - jumping or diving can cause serious injuries or even death.

“ Discarded shopping trolleys and rubbish such as broken glass are a real hazard, as are unseen currents and reeds, which can affect even the strongest swimmers."

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