Safety experts ignore abuse in attempt to save lives after two deaths in Blue Lagoon

Bletchley's Blue Lagoon
Bletchley's Blue Lagoon

As the heatwave continues, new warning signs have been put up around the Blue Lagoon in Bletchley after two deaths last summer.

In an attempt to stop history repeating itself, MK Council is calling on the public to heed advice from the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) about the dangers of swimming in open waters.

But they say those delivering this message are met with abuse from swimmers using the Blue Lagoon as a way to cool down.

Colin Wilderspin, of community safety partnership (Safer MK), said: “We are aware of citizens continuing to take risks swimming in open waters this week.

“As a result we are continuing carrying out patrols and providing guidance at open water sites across the borough. The fire service is also helping with proactive patrols.

“Safer MK, Council, Police and Fire & Rescue service try to reinforce this message but often get abuse.

“We ask citizens to please remember these people are only trying to prevent a tragedy and ask they are treated with respect.

“In addition we did explore whether a bye law could be used but found that it would prove to be near impossible to effectively enforce.“

They are advising the only safe place to bathe is in supervised swimming pools and if you see someone putting themselves at risk in open water call Thames Valley Police on 101- it could save a life.

- There were a total of 381 drownings and water-related deaths from accidents or natural causes across the UK in 2013. There were two in Milton Keynes in 2014.

- 60 per cent of all drowning incidents occur in canals, lakes and rivers.

- You can drown in just a few centimetres of water.

- If you fall or jump into the water, the cold will shock your body, making your muscles seize up so you can’t move.                                                                                      

- You could easily cut yourself on rubbish or rocks and you may become ill due to bacteria in the water.