"The freezing cold water has claimed lives" - Rugby councillor urges residents not to swim in Newbold Quarry

The practice has claimed numerous lives over the years

Wednesday, 2nd June 2021, 5:15 pm
Updated Wednesday, 2nd June 2021, 5:16 pm
Newbold Quarry. Photo previously submitted by Warwickshire County Council.

A Rugby councillor has contacted the Advertiser with an urgent plea for residents to avoid swimming in Newbold Quarry.

Most years the warm weather tempts some to swim in the quarry - prompting the emergency services to warn that the activity has deadly consequences.

The same activity led to the tragic death of a 17-year-old in a quarry near Bishops Itchington in 2018.

Cllr Jim Ellis said: "With the beautiful weather and the rising temperatures, it's temping to see shimmering water at the quarry and think a quick dip won't hurt.

"But we've had plenty of deaths over the years where the 50ft deep freezing cold water has claimed lives.

"It's not a safe swim. The waters are very dangerous, treacherous even. Please stay out of the water."

In 2019 Warwickshire Police issued a statement warning against swimming in the quarry.

At the time a spokesperson explained: "Water is often a lot colder than you think, quickly draining your energy.

"The body's first reaction when entering cold water is to take an involuntary intake of breath but instead of air, water is taken in to the lungs.

"Warwickshire has a wide variety of lakes, quarries and waterways, all of which carry hidden dangers and with the summer holidays now upon us, this danger is only going to increase, with more and more people thinking that it's perfectly safe to swim in open water.

"Our advice to anyone considering going into the water is just not to do it. However, we know that people will still be tempted.

"So if you are out with friends and you do decide to swim, then don't drink alcohol, as this will inhibit your ability and perception of risk and will leave you unable to deal with the cold water shock.

"Stay together and look out for each other. If something does happen, call 999 immediately, do not attempt a rescue yourself."