Warnings as open water swimmers spotted in Doncaster beauty spot during weekend heatwave

Firefighters have been warning of the dangers of ourdoor swimming following concerns over residents taking to open water in Doncaster during the hot weather this weekend.

Saturday, 5th June 2021, 7:04 pm

The dangers of taking to the water during the heat wave were highlighted again in South Yorkshire last week, after 16-year-old Samuel Haycock died after getting into difficulty at Ulley Reservoir.

His body was later recovered by an underwater search team after emergency services were called, just over a week ago.

Firefighters went to Brick Ponds, Edlington, also known as Martinwells Lake, after reports of people taking to the water today. The officers from Edlington Fire Station visited the site today to give advice and guidance on the dangers.

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Martinwells lake, Edlington. Picture: Marie Caley D2362MC

After last week’s tragedy, Stewart Nicholson, of South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Too many young lives are needlessly lost in open water every year.

“Our message couldn't be clearer - please, please stay out of the water and stick to swimming pools or organised swimming groups instead."

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