Lifesavers issue drowning warning as heatwave hits

The long-overdue arrival of high summer temperatures is generally a thing to welcome, but as the State Fire and Rescue Service (VUGD) is warning, it also comes with extra risks.

High among the dangers is drowning, with Latvian heatwaves generally leaving a selection of dead bodies floating in the sea, rivers and lakes after ill-advised ventures into the water.

Consequently, VUGD is warning the public to take extra care when swimming, paddling and playing near water.

Avoiding swimming after drinking alcohol or when tired, wearing lifevests in boats and keeping an eye on children are obvious but necessary advice.

"It is safest to swim in official bathing spots. Failing that, swim where the shore is flat, preferably with a solid foundation. On rivers choose a place away from outflow pipes or other dangerous locations," say lifesavers.

"Don't swim alone! If things go wrong on the water, other people will not be able to help in an extreme situation."

VUGD is also reminding people that in the case of an emergency the number to dial is 112.

Last year alone VUGD pulled 154 drowned people from the water in Latvia.

VUGD has also produced a short film for children about dangers on the water.


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