Lakes water safety call

Published on: 19 Jul 2017

Lake Windermere

With sunshine dappling lakes, tarns and rivers and summer water treats beckoning the message has gone out to keep safe.

And it is not just swimmers targeted in a Water Safety Campaign launched by the Lake District National Park (LDNP) this week. Power boat owners are urged to be vigilant in their awareness of carbon monoxide poisoning dangers.

To help visitors and locals alike enjoy some of the area’s most spectacular waterways, LDNP is giving invaluable information in its protection mission.

Following a fatal incident of CO poisoning on Windermere in 2013, the LDNP has taken action to make boat owners aware of the risks and dangers by sharing vital tips through videos and social media content.

This year LDNP, alongside its general safety advice, is also introducing free life jacket clinics as Lake Ranger, Jack Holmes, explained.

He said: “Getting it right isn’t as easy as you might think and I would urge everyone on the water to learn how to use and wear suitable personal flotation such as a life jacket or buoyancy aid.

“Our waterways are some of the finest and most popular in the country, especially during the summer. We want people to enjoy the water, whether they plan to be on it, or on the shores.

“We’re looking forward to talking to as many people as possible and sharing some extremely important and potentially life-saving details. Come along to our Water Safety launch event on Thursday 20 July 2pm – 4pm at Ferry Nab, Bowness on Windermere, LA23 3JN to learn how to wear a flotation and to pick up a free swim cap.”

Keep an eye out for water safety tips at www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/water.

Photo shows boats on Lake Windermere.

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