Safety warning to marina swimmers

POLICE are warning people that swimming in Portishead Marina could end in tragedy.

The warm weather has led to an increase in people jumping into the marina and officers and PCSOs have been called to the waterside on several occasions, to remind people their safety is at risk.

PCSO Dawn Tremlett said: “The hot spell has led to a number of people, especially teenagers, swimming in the marina and I would urge people to think before they act.

“There are numerous risks, including pollution, the water temperature, disease and the presence of hidden obstructions beneath the surface.”

Marina manager Keith Berry added: “It is also dangerous because the sun reflecting on the water can sometimes prevent boat owners from seeing objects in the water, including swimmers who shouldn’t be there in the first place.”

Portishead police say they will be patrolling the marina to help combat people putting themselves and others in danger.

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