Stay safe and keep out of reservoirs

As tempting as it may seem to cool off in a reservoir, the message is to stay safe and keep out.

With reports of people jumping off Platt’s Footbridge into shallow water at Ardingly Reservoir, South East Water and Sussex Police are warning that those responsible are putting their lives at risk.

Chris Lunn, Head of Health, Safety and Quality at South East Water, said: “The water underneath the footbridge at Ardingly Reservoir is surprisingly shallow. This increases the risk of injury, including a broken neck or paralysis, when people are jumping into the water.

“Reservoirs may seem like a good place to take a swim to cool down but they are extremely dangerous due to the freezing temperatures and strong currents beneath the surface.”

Chief Inspector Jon Hull, Mid Sussex District Policing Commander, said: “With recent fatalities reported at a number of reservoirs and rivers across the country the advice is a timely reminder to stay safe.”