These photos show people continuing to put themselves in danger by jumping into a Harborough district reservoir

The Canal & River Trust is warning people to stop

Thursday, 25th June 2020, 5:20 pm
Saddington Reservoir draws hundreds during mini heatwave. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

These photos show people continuing to put themselves in danger by jumping into a Harborough district reservoir.

Yesterday (Wednesday) we reported that the Canal & River Trust, which manages the attraction, has been warning people not to swim in canals, rivers, reservoirs and other open waters.

There were about 200 people there yesterday and it seems there were many more than that today (Thursday).

Saddington Reservoir draws hundreds during mini heatwave. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Some were jumping into the reservoir off roofs.

“With the nation basking in soaring temperatures, and with swimming pools still closed due to coronavirus, the charity is warning that people taking a dip in their nearest waterway are risking their lives,” said the Trust.

“The warm summer months are the most popular times for people to visit Britain’s canals and rivers.

“However, if anyone is thinking of going into the water, please don’t.

Saddington Reservoir draws hundreds during mini heatwave. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

“People can get into difficulties after jumping into the water to cool down.

“Canal and river water will be very cold, even in the summer.

“That can take your breath away and paralyse your muscles, making it difficult to swim - and it will often hide dangerous obstacles or currents.”

Click here to read yesterday's article and advice from the Canal & River Trust.

Saddington Reservoir draws hundreds during mini heatwave. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER