AS the temperatures rise once again, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is issuing water safety messages and recommending people 'Think before you sink'.
The warning is aimed at anyone tempted to cool off with a swim in a river, canal, lake or reservoir as the mercury is predicted to hit the early to mid 20s again this week.
Assistant County Fire Officer Geoff Harris, GMFRS Director of Prevention, said: “Swimming in open waters is far different to swimming in a public pool. The temperature can claim your life in minutes – even if you are a strong swimmer.
“On entering the water the body goes through an automatic gasp reflex which can lead to water being breathed into the lungs.
“In cold water blood flows to the core of the body to protect vital organs, meaning muscles in the arms and legs don’t work well, which often leads to people getting into difficulties because they lose movement.
“The heart can also be affected as it works harder to pump blood throughout the body and because of the shock the body feels on...
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