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Rushcliffe police officers urge people to stay away from open water during expected hot weather

Three years ago this month Nicola Jenkins lost her 12-year-old son, Owen, in July 2017 after he had gone into Beeston Weir to help two friends.

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Rushcliffe officers are urging people to stay away from open water such as Holme Pierrepont and the River Trent, especially during the expected hot weather in the coming days.

The appeal to stay away from the dangerous waters comes after a heartbroken mum whose son drowned while saving two friends teamed up with Nottinghamshire Police to warn of the dangers of swimming in open water.

Three years ago this month Nicola Jenkins lost her 12-year-old son, Owen, in July 2017 after he had gone into Beeston Weir to help two friends.

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After rescuing one friend, who’d got into difficulties, Owen returned to the water to rescue another friend but the current was too strong and it dragged him under. Sadly he didn’t resurface. Owen gave his life to save another and died a hero.

Nicola is urging young people not to enter rivers, lakes and canals and to be aware of the dangers, now that schools have broken up for the summer holidays.

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The dangers of open water include:
* Temperature – the water can be extremely cold, which can lead to a number of physiological conditions which affect the ability to swim
* Strong or hidden currents – water being pumped out of reservoirs creates currents which aren’t always noticeable
* Depth – it is difficult to estimate the depth of open water and it can change dramatically, even close to the bank
* Hidden hazards – such as weed, rubbish or broken glass which could trap a young person or cause injury
* Climbing out – once in the water, it can be difficult to get out due to steep, slimy or crumbling banks
* Pollution – this can affect any stretch of water, but may particularly be an issue at old industrial sites such as quarries

To read more about water safety on the Royal Life Saving Society’s website visit: www.rlss.org.uk/Pages/Category/water-safety-information

For more information about the Open Water Education Network (OWEN) visit their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/Owenjenkins07/

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