Body found in Lake Windermere
Sun comes out, people think its ok to go swimming, and the cold water numbs them. Happens in rivers even in high summer.
Capsized on Sunday on a shallow gravel pit (about 200 acers deepest point is about 10m, mostly <2m), the shock was enough to take my breath away and I was expecting it and wearing a wetsuit.Posted 3 years agoLimboJimboSubscriber
I believe the problem with swimming in lakes and quarries is that they are relatively still bodies of water. The sun warms the surface to a deceptively warm temperature. This can drop dramatically at just a few feet of depth so even a strong swimmer can be caught out by a sharp, involuntary gasp and start to struggle.Posted 3 years ago
Obviously we don’t know whether this is relevant in this case. Tragic nonetheless.nosenseofdirectionMember
When I was young we went on holiday somewhere near the Pennines (ok I know that’s not the lakes). My friend and I were out on a dinghy on a small lake? no idea where our parents were (it was the 70’s!). We purposely made the boat capsize and played in the water. When we got back to the farmhouse the owner told us off – in a nice way – and said that divers had been in that area of water and not found the bottom which scared us kids! Often wondered if this was remotely true or something she made up to stop us getting into trouble!Posted 3 years agoCountZeroMember
I believe the problem with swimming in lakes and quarries is that they are relatively still bodies of water. The sun warms the surface to a deceptively warm temperature. This can drop dramatically at just a few feet of depth so even a strong swimmer can be caught out by a sharp, involuntary gasp and start to struggle.
That’s what I understood happened, it was that gasp of shock caused the swimmer to swallow water involuntarily, then panic and take in even more water.Posted 3 years ago
Five people have drowned in the Avon in Bath in the last couple of years, walking along the cycle path in the dark, and going into the water in the dark on their way home from a pub or club, sadly.tinybitsMember
the avon is also a bitch to get out of unless you can climb concrete / metal banks though. I looked for a guy who had been knocked off a bridge by a car (North parade) in 2000. Was found nearly a week later, 30 yards from where he went in, trapped in bushes by a bank.
A friend of mine died a number of years ago whilst jet skiing on a hot summers day. He jumped off the jet ski and had a heart attack / shock from the cold water. He was actually and incredibly talanted, young professional windsurfer so it’s not even a ‘get used to it’ tyoe thing. It can just strike. Very sad and I can’t help but feel for others in the same situationPosted 3 years ago
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