Council issue warning over quarry swimming dangers
Wed, August 21, 2019
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council wants to remind residents and visitors about the dangers of swimming in disused quarries.
While it may look inviting, quarry water is much colder than rivers, lakes or the sea because it comes from deep within the ground. While the water’s edge may seem warm, as you move out to greater depths, the sudden drop in temperature can quickly lead to drowning.
Within a few minutes, cold shock can set in. This can result in uncontrollable gasping and shivering, which can quickly have a detrimental affect on heart rate and breathing. These conditions cause even accomplished swimmers to become too exhausted to swim to safety.
There may be unseen, physical dangers in the water as well. Steep drop-offs, sharp rocks, submerged wire, dead animals and industrial pollution are a real threat to your health and safety.
Think of these dangers first and never swim in quarry water. Stay out and stay alive!
For more information go to www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/staying-safe-around-quarries