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The Port of Goole

As the school holidays approach and the summer climate hots up, Associated British Ports (ABP) are urging people not to swim in their docks.

With the hot weather recently experienced and with the summer break coming up, ABP knows water can be an attractive place to go. In the Humber, particularly around Goole Docks, and Albert Dock, Hull.

This is the start of a campaign, which will run over the summer months, aimed at schools and others to think about safety when near the water.

Simon Bird, Regional Director said: “On a hot day, it might seem like a good idea to cool down in open water, but swimming is prohibited in our docks.

“Docks are not a safe place to swim. Apart from being industrial centres, they pose a danger due to the steep walls which makes it difficult to escape.

“People also do not know what may be lurking beneath the water that could be a potential hazard. If you want to swim, go to a pool, or find an open water swimming club.”

The potential dangers of swimming in docks are:

  • Deep water
  • Unexpected cold-water shock
  • Hazards lurking beneath the surface
  • Active operational areas
  • Waterborne diseases
  • Tides

Supporting our campaign is Peter Winchester MBE, who is known for his record setting 70 crossings of the Humber between Spurn Point and Cleethorpes, which earned him the nickname, Humber King.

Pete said” “There are many hidden dangers from swimming. It’s not wise to swim in a commercial dock, but swimming in a non-commercial area still poses threats from people throwing rubbish in.

“There are also variations in water temperature to consider. I’ve been swimming since the age of 14 and have always swum safely. My advice for people who want to swim is go to a pool or if you want to swim in the open water join a club.”

For further information visit the National Water Safety Forum website and #respectthewater website.

Watch Pete’s safety message here.