Open water safety warnings following death of teen in Foulridge

Firefighters have reminded residents of the dangers of open water following the death of a 17-year-old boy last night.

The teenager drowned after getting into difficulty in water at Lake Burwain Sailing Club. His body was recovered this morning.

Now Lancashire Fire and Rescue have issed a statement, which reveals that his death came at the start of Drowning Prevention Week.

It says: “Around 400 people die each year in the UK as a result of accidental drowning, one of the biggest causes of accidental death.

“Tragically, in Lancashire during the weekend marking the start of Drowning Prevention Week a young man died in a lake at Smithy Lane, Colne, when he swam for the bank from a raft he and friends had constructed to get onto the water.

“Firefighters undertook extensive searches by boat and along the fringes of the lake, with underwater searches conducted by police divers, who found the man’s body in the early hours of this morning.”

Key dangers include:

• The shock of cold water can get even strong swimmers into difficulty

• The depth of the water changes and is unpredictable

• Strong currents can rapidly sweep people away

• Submerged objects may not be visible