Reservoir warning after youngsters spotted leaping off bridge

Reservoir warning after youngsters spotted leaping off bridge

A reader sent us this picture of youngsters in the water at The Jumbles

The Jumbles reservoir

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

YOUNGSTERS are being warned about the hidden dangers of jumping into rivers, canals and reservoirs in hot weather.

People have been leaping off bridges and cliffs into Jumbles Reservoir in Turton as a way to cool off.

Warnings have been issued about what may lie beneath the water’s surface as well as the temperature of the water itself.

Cllr David Acton, chairman of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority said: “Although canals, rivers and reservoirs look enticing in this warm weather, they are filled with hidden dangers.

“Sadly we’ve seen the tragic consequences of too many people who have got into difficulty because they weren’t aware of objects hidden beneath the water or because of how their bodies reacted to sudden changes of temperature.

“Please don’t ruin your summer the same way. Enjoy water where it’s safe to do so — in swimming pools or where a lifeguard is on duty.

“The water is often a lot colder than you expect and just because you can swim well in a warm watered pool, it doesn't mean you'll be able to do the same in cold water.”

Jumbles reservoir is used by United Utilities to provide homes across north Manchester with non-drinking water.

A spokesman for the water firm said: “Every year, particularly during summer, young people are tempted to take a dip in what appear to be safe places to swim.

“But reservoirs, lakes, rivers and other bodies of open water are anything but safe. Cold water, hidden debris, and underwater currents from pipework, mean that they are extremely dangerous.

"We would urge all parents to talk to their teenage children about the dangers of swimming in open water.”

For more information on staying safe this summer, visit manchesterfire.gov.uk/safe4summer/Water-Safety

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7:34am Sun 27 Jul 14

aardwolf says...

Warn them, shout at them , tell them they are stupid, negligent and irresponsible. Tell them about the grieving parents who have lost children in accidents.
Then secretly admire their nerve, youth and spirit. Confronting danger and taking risks are what makes us human.
Warn them, shout at them , tell them they are stupid, negligent and irresponsible. Tell them about the grieving parents who have lost children in accidents. Then secretly admire their nerve, youth and spirit. Confronting danger and taking risks are what makes us human. aardwolf
  • Score: 25

8:56am Sun 27 Jul 14

Merlin bl6 says...

What is NONE DRINKING WATER ? I want some. do you need a special tap.
What is NONE DRINKING WATER ? I want some. do you need a special tap. Merlin bl6
  • Score: 12

9:24am Sun 27 Jul 14

Arnold Corns says...

And remember all the times you did it, and all the other crazy things...... And survived!
And remember all the times you did it, and all the other crazy things...... And survived! Arnold Corns
  • Score: 12

9:35am Sun 27 Jul 14

Gore Seer says...

I Took My Kids swimming In jumbles, I Swam blue lagoon, jumbles, Bolton canal, Smiths lodge, Ponds, I Always Had A Inflatable Ring, Harwich Ressi , I Was Afraid Of Open water so when I Was About13/14 I Went Fishing And Started Swimming To I Have No Fear Of Water But I Do Respect Water And The Danger.
I Took My Kids swimming In jumbles, I Swam blue lagoon, jumbles, Bolton canal, Smiths lodge, Ponds, I Always Had A Inflatable Ring, Harwich Ressi , I Was Afraid Of Open water so when I Was About13/14 I Went Fishing And Started Swimming To I Have No Fear Of Water But I Do Respect Water And The Danger. Gore Seer
  • Score: -11

11:52am Sun 27 Jul 14

oftbewildered2 says...

Merlin bl6 wrote:
What is NONE DRINKING WATER ? I want some. do you need a special tap.
no - I think you could use a loo flush though although I am not sure how they would separate the two. Actually I think it is used for manufacturing processes, but the article does say that homes are supplied with it
[quote][p][bold]Merlin bl6[/bold] wrote: What is NONE DRINKING WATER ? I want some. do you need a special tap.[/p][/quote]no - I think you could use a loo flush though although I am not sure how they would separate the two. Actually I think it is used for manufacturing processes, but the article does say that homes are supplied with it oftbewildered2
  • Score: 5

12:23pm Sun 27 Jul 14

boltonnut says...

I still get goose bumps thinking about the "arctic" waters of the Blue Lagoon,good fun though.
I still get goose bumps thinking about the "arctic" waters of the Blue Lagoon,good fun though. boltonnut
  • Score: 6

12:31pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Phil from Smithills says...

I think the water from the Jumbles reservoir goes into maintaining the levels of Bradshaw Brook,
I think the water from the Jumbles reservoir goes into maintaining the levels of Bradshaw Brook, Phil from Smithills
  • Score: 1

12:33pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Phil from Smithills says...

I understand the water from the jumbles reservoir goes into maintaining the water level of Bradshaw Brook
I understand the water from the jumbles reservoir goes into maintaining the water level of Bradshaw Brook Phil from Smithills
  • Score: 1

1:57pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Replytohatersandscum says...

they only having a bath to clean themselves !!!!!!!!
they only having a bath to clean themselves !!!!!!!! Replytohatersandscum
  • Score: -4

3:10pm Sun 27 Jul 14

GrumpyB says...

naffed me off this post.... for a few reasons.. firstly Replytohaterscum... Very adult of you. Gore Seer.. i agree and have done the same as you but not had to be responsible for others.. to the BN for posting this.. none of you ever take a swim in the past in places like this.. see accidents didnt happen back then because before we jumped we werent FORCED into thinking we are going to get hurt in anyway.. the same way as you wont get carpal tunnel from typing.. but if somone mentions it i gurantee you will get it later in life.. Stop spoiling fun.. if there are so much concerns theres plenty of lifeguard volunteers that will gladly help out. you know i used to read then BN and BEN regularly when i was younger but now its getting worst, nonsence posting biased posting and plain censorship on most of your articles... i agree no comments for ongoing crimes ETC... but havent you heard of Freedom of Speech? start letting the users here comment on what they feel right and just, rid the morons who post junk and unnecassary comments, and start backing bolton for what it is.. peoples homes town etc...

Rant over

hope all is well :)
naffed me off this post.... for a few reasons.. firstly Replytohaterscum... Very adult of you. Gore Seer.. i agree and have done the same as you but not had to be responsible for others.. to the BN for posting this.. none of you ever take a swim in the past in places like this.. see accidents didnt happen back then because before we jumped we werent FORCED into thinking we are going to get hurt in anyway.. the same way as you wont get carpal tunnel from typing.. but if somone mentions it i gurantee you will get it later in life.. Stop spoiling fun.. if there are so much concerns theres plenty of lifeguard volunteers that will gladly help out. you know i used to read then BN and BEN regularly when i was younger but now its getting worst, nonsence posting biased posting and plain censorship on most of your articles... i agree no comments for ongoing crimes ETC... but havent you heard of Freedom of Speech? start letting the users here comment on what they feel right and just, rid the morons who post junk and unnecassary comments, and start backing bolton for what it is.. peoples homes town etc... Rant over hope all is well :) GrumpyB
  • Score: 8

3:24pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Drinking Alcohol KILLS... different risk but socially acceptable.
Drinking Alcohol KILLS... different risk but socially acceptable. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 12

4:29pm Sun 27 Jul 14

19oj48 says...

Anyone else noticed the thick green algae that on the water at Jumbles? It is most obvious on the surface in very calm warm weather, but when there is a breeze it just drops down a few inches waiting for calmer water so that it can reappear. I've only seen it in summer when the temperature rises.
Anyone else noticed the thick green algae that on the water at Jumbles? It is most obvious on the surface in very calm warm weather, but when there is a breeze it just drops down a few inches waiting for calmer water so that it can reappear. I've only seen it in summer when the temperature rises. 19oj48
  • Score: 1

8:50pm Sun 27 Jul 14

OriginalAngryDad says...

oftbewildered2 wrote:
Merlin bl6 wrote:
What is NONE DRINKING WATER ? I want some. do you need a special tap.
no - I think you could use a loo flush though although I am not sure how they would separate the two. Actually I think it is used for manufacturing processes, but the article does say that homes are supplied with it
Correct.

Most manufacturing businesses have what they call a "tank farm" which is a water holding facility which is supplied on a different ring to the potable water and which is used for cleaning the plant.

Yes, I am a manufacturing nerd.....
[quote][p][bold]oftbewildered2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Merlin bl6[/bold] wrote: What is NONE DRINKING WATER ? I want some. do you need a special tap.[/p][/quote]no - I think you could use a loo flush though although I am not sure how they would separate the two. Actually I think it is used for manufacturing processes, but the article does say that homes are supplied with it[/p][/quote]Correct. Most manufacturing businesses have what they call a "tank farm" which is a water holding facility which is supplied on a different ring to the potable water and which is used for cleaning the plant. Yes, I am a manufacturing nerd..... OriginalAngryDad
  • Score: 3

4:01pm Mon 28 Jul 14

boltons freedom of speech says...

this has to be the most ridiculous article ive ever seen or read, almost as bad as the stuff in the sun! one of the only nice places left in bolton that isnt over run by foreigners and religous influence so please dont advertise this any more to the muppets of the town
this has to be the most ridiculous article ive ever seen or read, almost as bad as the stuff in the sun! one of the only nice places left in bolton that isnt over run by foreigners and religous influence so please dont advertise this any more to the muppets of the town boltons freedom of speech
  • Score: 1

4:09pm Mon 28 Jul 14

mr.mark.c says...

Kids have been jumping off that for 30+ years, we had many a happy summer there, and the several waterfalls on Bradshaw brook :)
Kids have been jumping off that for 30+ years, we had many a happy summer there, and the several waterfalls on Bradshaw brook :) mr.mark.c
  • Score: 1

4:59pm Mon 28 Jul 14

JedWard50 says...

A close friend of mine died rescuing these stupid kids, have a bit of sensitivity.
http://news.bbc.co.u
k/1/hi/england/manch
ester/3697006.stm
A close friend of mine died rescuing these stupid kids, have a bit of sensitivity. http://news.bbc.co.u k/1/hi/england/manch ester/3697006.stm JedWard50
  • Score: -2

5:23pm Mon 28 Jul 14

mr.mark.c says...

JedWard50 wrote:
A close friend of mine died rescuing these stupid kids, have a bit of sensitivity.
http://news.bbc.co.u

k/1/hi/england/manch

ester/3697006.stm
That was 15 years ago and was caused by terrible safety procedures, Don't let that accident stop kids having fun.
[quote][p][bold]JedWard50[/bold] wrote: A close friend of mine died rescuing these stupid kids, have a bit of sensitivity. http://news.bbc.co.u k/1/hi/england/manch ester/3697006.stm[/p][/quote]That was 15 years ago and was caused by terrible safety procedures, Don't let that accident stop kids having fun. mr.mark.c
  • Score: 2

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