Fresh warning over river dangers as hot weather continues

Men jump off the bridge over the River Derwent at Kirkham Abbey off at Kirkham Abbey

Men jump off the bridge over the River Derwent at Kirkham Abbey off at Kirkham Abbey

Men jump off the bridge over the River Derwent at Kirkham Abbey off at Kirkham Abbey

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MEN have been risking serious injury by jumping into the River Derwent from a North Yorkshire bridge.

Our photographer took this picture at Kirkham Priory near Malton, where people were jumping not only from the river banks but also from the roof of a van parked next to the river.

This year in York alone, four people have died in the River Ouse and the River Foss, prompting The Press to launch its Take Care campaign, and renewed safety campaigns from North Yorkshire Police, City of York Council, and a group of organisations working under Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan.

A spokeswoman for North Yorkshire Police said jumping into open water on hot days could lead to problems with temperature shock, fast currents, waterborne diseases, and submerged dangers could cause problems for even strong swimmers.

She said: "What may look like a cool, inviting stretch of water on a hot sunny day can hide several dangers, not least the shock of the cold water on your internal organs. Even during warm weather, water temperatures can be dangerously low.

"The water can also conceal rubbish, rocks, shallow areas, plants which can wrap around you, strong currents and diseases. If you want to go for swim, it’s best to use a swimming pool or lifeguard patrolled beach."

According to the Met Office, today's weather is likely to be just as hot, with highs of 24c and lows of about 15c, with the same predicted for Thursday.

Friday is expected to be only slightly cooler, while Saturday is expected to be sunny and cloudy, but still in the early twenties, and high humidity is expected every day this week.

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1:46pm Wed 23 Jul 14

MrsHoney says...

Survival of the fittest, would we be worse off without such idiots?! I doubt it.
Survival of the fittest, would we be worse off without such idiots?! I doubt it. MrsHoney
  • Score: 8

2:47pm Wed 23 Jul 14

TheTruthHurts says...

MrsHoney wrote:
Survival of the fittest, would we be worse off without such idiots?! I doubt it.
Yeah you say that but..... I dont mind a swim in the river or lake or sea and whilst i am a bit old for jumping off bridges now i have jumped off loads and loads whilst growing up. Its simple I would always have a swim underneath before launching myself off. Kind of like a modern day risk assessment. Sure people are going to argue that there may be hidden objects and the river could bring a dangerous object downstream. However the chances of this happening after checking are probably as slim as the bridge collapsing underneath me.

It is sad that people have died recently in the river but that doesnt mean that it cannot be enjoyed.... like most things you need to show it a little bit of respect.
[quote][p][bold]MrsHoney[/bold] wrote: Survival of the fittest, would we be worse off without such idiots?! I doubt it.[/p][/quote]Yeah you say that but..... I dont mind a swim in the river or lake or sea and whilst i am a bit old for jumping off bridges now i have jumped off loads and loads whilst growing up. Its simple I would always have a swim underneath before launching myself off. Kind of like a modern day risk assessment. Sure people are going to argue that there may be hidden objects and the river could bring a dangerous object downstream. However the chances of this happening after checking are probably as slim as the bridge collapsing underneath me. It is sad that people have died recently in the river but that doesnt mean that it cannot be enjoyed.... like most things you need to show it a little bit of respect. TheTruthHurts
  • Score: 22

3:25pm Wed 23 Jul 14

MouseHouse says...

Lets be clear, some open water is dangerous and some isn't. There is a superb book I would strongly recommend, though I'm sure there are websites too.

You do need to be sensible, make sure that you know the exits, make sure you're not alone, make sure it's within your capabilities. Equally important is to remember that open water and alcohol DO NOT mix.
Lets be clear, some open water is dangerous and some isn't. There is a superb book I would strongly recommend, though I'm sure there are websites too. You do need to be sensible, make sure that you know the exits, make sure you're not alone, make sure it's within your capabilities. Equally important is to remember that open water and alcohol DO NOT mix. MouseHouse
  • Score: 21

4:32pm Wed 23 Jul 14

toweliechaos says...

I don't think you can compare the Ouse in winter/spring with the stretch of the Derwent by Kirkham in summer. Yes, you can never be sure what might be in the river affecting your entry, but the current and temperature are not an issue in that location.

Why do they insist on drawing inappropriate parallels? Yes, jumping into the Ouse is a bit nuts. This does not make jumping into the Derwent at Kirkham nuts by default.

But hey, the Press need to fill their site with something and they've had some mileage out of river-based 'stories' this year.
I don't think you can compare the Ouse in winter/spring with the stretch of the Derwent by Kirkham in summer. Yes, you can never be sure what might be in the river affecting your entry, but the current and temperature are not an issue in that location. Why do they insist on drawing inappropriate parallels? Yes, jumping into the Ouse is a bit nuts. This does not make jumping into the Derwent at Kirkham nuts by default. But hey, the Press need to fill their site with something and they've had some mileage out of river-based 'stories' this year. toweliechaos
  • Score: 2

5:55pm Wed 23 Jul 14

courier46 says...

Something I will never forget happened when I was 15 years old (long time ago),I was due to start work at what was then Challis garden centre with a friend of mine,he was a strapping 6 foot brilliant up and coming goal keeper.
One hot day 2 weeks before we started at Challis he jumped into the river ouse and came out DEAD,the shock of the cold water on a hot day shocked his heart.
I know it wont happen to you but one day it might!
Try to stay safe.
Something I will never forget happened when I was 15 years old (long time ago),I was due to start work at what was then Challis garden centre with a friend of mine,he was a strapping 6 foot brilliant up and coming goal keeper. One hot day 2 weeks before we started at Challis he jumped into the river ouse and came out DEAD,the shock of the cold water on a hot day shocked his heart. I know it wont happen to you but one day it might! Try to stay safe. courier46
  • Score: 16

6:23pm Wed 23 Jul 14

CaroleBaines says...

courier46 wrote:
Something I will never forget happened when I was 15 years old (long time ago),I was due to start work at what was then Challis garden centre with a friend of mine,he was a strapping 6 foot brilliant up and coming goal keeper.
One hot day 2 weeks before we started at Challis he jumped into the river ouse and came out DEAD,the shock of the cold water on a hot day shocked his heart.
I know it wont happen to you but one day it might!
Try to stay safe.
Very apt warning. People say its dangerous for a very good reason - stay safe folks.
[quote][p][bold]courier46[/bold] wrote: Something I will never forget happened when I was 15 years old (long time ago),I was due to start work at what was then Challis garden centre with a friend of mine,he was a strapping 6 foot brilliant up and coming goal keeper. One hot day 2 weeks before we started at Challis he jumped into the river ouse and came out DEAD,the shock of the cold water on a hot day shocked his heart. I know it wont happen to you but one day it might! Try to stay safe.[/p][/quote]Very apt warning. People say its dangerous for a very good reason - stay safe folks. CaroleBaines
  • Score: 9

6:25pm Wed 23 Jul 14

anth!! says...

Same old story, everytime we get decent weather, same old warnings, these people take no notice, let em face the consequences of their irresponsible actions.
Same old story, everytime we get decent weather, same old warnings, these people take no notice, let em face the consequences of their irresponsible actions. anth!!
  • Score: 1

6:56pm Wed 23 Jul 14

snickelwaysofyork says...

I wish every young person could see a live presentation run by the Smartrisk organisation as I did a few years ago, in a secondary school. People who survived risks which weren't smart spoke out to benefit youngsters, urging them to think, assess situations and to take only smart risks. A wheelchair user spoke candidly, telling a hushed entire year group of 14 & 15 year olds how he'd been showing off and on impulse jumped off a bridge into water which wasn't as deep as he'd imagined, with disastrous consequences; he explained how he was paralysed for life despite ongoing - and painful - operations he'd had to try to help regain a little mobility in one limb. The courage he showed in trying to help prevent someone else suffering as he had was overwhelming and I’m sure that message will have long stayed with that year group of kids. Sadly the presentation wasn’t repeated for other year 10s in following years… supposedly owing to the time it took away from the formal curriculum, as well as cost. I thought it was the most invaluable educational experience you could ever have wished for and I wish it was compulsory in schools.

See http://www.smartrisk
.org.uk/ Although the website’s currently being re-developed there’s a few details and a pointer to video clips etc.
I wish every young person could see a live presentation run by the Smartrisk organisation as I did a few years ago, in a secondary school. People who survived risks which weren't smart spoke out to benefit youngsters, urging them to think, assess situations and to take only smart risks. A wheelchair user spoke candidly, telling a hushed entire year group of 14 & 15 year olds how he'd been showing off and on impulse jumped off a bridge into water which wasn't as deep as he'd imagined, with disastrous consequences; he explained how he was paralysed for life despite ongoing - and painful - operations he'd had to try to help regain a little mobility in one limb. The courage he showed in trying to help prevent someone else suffering as he had was overwhelming and I’m sure that message will have long stayed with that year group of kids. Sadly the presentation wasn’t repeated for other year 10s in following years… supposedly owing to the time it took away from the formal curriculum, as well as cost. I thought it was the most invaluable educational experience you could ever have wished for and I wish it was compulsory in schools. See http://www.smartrisk .org.uk/ Although the website’s currently being re-developed there’s a few details and a pointer to video clips etc. snickelwaysofyork
  • Score: 4

9:51pm Wed 23 Jul 14

clm058 says...

we did it all the time as kids in 70s and 80s, every summer in the Wharfe we didnt come to much harm it was part of growing up the odd cut and bruise let them have fun
we did it all the time as kids in 70s and 80s, every summer in the Wharfe we didnt come to much harm it was part of growing up the odd cut and bruise let them have fun clm058
  • Score: -4

3:21am Thu 24 Jul 14

Magicman! says...

At the location shown, I wouldn't have thought it'd be wise to dive in from the bridge - simply due to the river not really being particularly deep there. More sensible would be to have a swim from the riverbank.
Likewise, jumping into the Ouse is bonkers... but having a swim in a more controlled way is not; a few times when it has been hot I've swam in the ouse at Beningborough - gone across to the Nun Monkton side where the Nidd joins the Ouse, and then back again, and repeated a few times. the only thing there is you need to have your ears open and be ready if a boat comes by.
I've also been swimming in the sea at Blackpool, only a few weeks ago on a sunny day in June - but was as the tide was coming in so less chance of being dragged out... it's all about assessing the situation. Water takes longer to warm up than air - just because it might be a hot day might not mean the water is warm, that could take several days to catch up... though to be honest, since we've had a fairly good spell of sunny weather now, the rivers will be a half decent temperature.
At the location shown, I wouldn't have thought it'd be wise to dive in from the bridge - simply due to the river not really being particularly deep there. More sensible would be to have a swim from the riverbank. Likewise, jumping into the Ouse is bonkers... but having a swim in a more controlled way is not; a few times when it has been hot I've swam in the ouse at Beningborough - gone across to the Nun Monkton side where the Nidd joins the Ouse, and then back again, and repeated a few times. the only thing there is you need to have your ears open and be ready if a boat comes by. I've also been swimming in the sea at Blackpool, only a few weeks ago on a sunny day in June - but was as the tide was coming in so less chance of being dragged out... it's all about assessing the situation. Water takes longer to warm up than air - just because it might be a hot day might not mean the water is warm, that could take several days to catch up... though to be honest, since we've had a fairly good spell of sunny weather now, the rivers will be a half decent temperature. Magicman!
  • Score: -1

9:28am Thu 24 Jul 14

MrsHoney says...

I'm not against swimming in rivers, we love a bit of wild swimming in our household. It's just the stupid things that boys do that's the problem, trying to outdo each other. But let them I say, if they want to be stupid that's up to them. As for the recent deaths, it's a shame yes but why get so drunk that you're in danger of falling in the river?! There's no need and it's not even fun being that drunk!
I'm not against swimming in rivers, we love a bit of wild swimming in our household. It's just the stupid things that boys do that's the problem, trying to outdo each other. But let them I say, if they want to be stupid that's up to them. As for the recent deaths, it's a shame yes but why get so drunk that you're in danger of falling in the river?! There's no need and it's not even fun being that drunk! MrsHoney
  • Score: 4

11:04am Thu 24 Jul 14

Loollah says...

courier46 wrote:
Something I will never forget happened when I was 15 years old (long time ago),I was due to start work at what was then Challis garden centre with a friend of mine,he was a strapping 6 foot brilliant up and coming goal keeper.
One hot day 2 weeks before we started at Challis he jumped into the river ouse and came out DEAD,the shock of the cold water on a hot day shocked his heart.
I know it wont happen to you but one day it might!
Try to stay safe.
The same thing happened to my uncle who was 18 at the time. He was a strong swimmer and an accomplished canoist but his raised body temperature vs the cold water was too much of a shock and he died.
[quote][p][bold]courier46[/bold] wrote: Something I will never forget happened when I was 15 years old (long time ago),I was due to start work at what was then Challis garden centre with a friend of mine,he was a strapping 6 foot brilliant up and coming goal keeper. One hot day 2 weeks before we started at Challis he jumped into the river ouse and came out DEAD,the shock of the cold water on a hot day shocked his heart. I know it wont happen to you but one day it might! Try to stay safe.[/p][/quote]The same thing happened to my uncle who was 18 at the time. He was a strong swimmer and an accomplished canoist but his raised body temperature vs the cold water was too much of a shock and he died. Loollah
  • Score: 7

12:24pm Thu 24 Jul 14

courier46 says...

Loollah wrote:
courier46 wrote:
Something I will never forget happened when I was 15 years old (long time ago),I was due to start work at what was then Challis garden centre with a friend of mine,he was a strapping 6 foot brilliant up and coming goal keeper.
One hot day 2 weeks before we started at Challis he jumped into the river ouse and came out DEAD,the shock of the cold water on a hot day shocked his heart.
I know it wont happen to you but one day it might!
Try to stay safe.
The same thing happened to my uncle who was 18 at the time. He was a strong swimmer and an accomplished canoist but his raised body temperature vs the cold water was too much of a shock and he died.
That`s the point Loollah,people say "it never happened to me" or "let them enjoy thereself" but to the family of your uncle and my friend it did happen and changed there lives forever.
I spose people will always jump in the water, but if this just makes people walk in or take things a bit slower and acclimatise rather than jump in it might just save a life.I hope so.
[quote][p][bold]Loollah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]courier46[/bold] wrote: Something I will never forget happened when I was 15 years old (long time ago),I was due to start work at what was then Challis garden centre with a friend of mine,he was a strapping 6 foot brilliant up and coming goal keeper. One hot day 2 weeks before we started at Challis he jumped into the river ouse and came out DEAD,the shock of the cold water on a hot day shocked his heart. I know it wont happen to you but one day it might! Try to stay safe.[/p][/quote]The same thing happened to my uncle who was 18 at the time. He was a strong swimmer and an accomplished canoist but his raised body temperature vs the cold water was too much of a shock and he died.[/p][/quote]That`s the point Loollah,people say "it never happened to me" or "let them enjoy thereself" but to the family of your uncle and my friend it did happen and changed there lives forever. I spose people will always jump in the water, but if this just makes people walk in or take things a bit slower and acclimatise rather than jump in it might just save a life.I hope so. courier46
  • Score: 5

3:06pm Thu 24 Jul 14

TheTruthHurts says...

courier46 wrote:
Loollah wrote:
courier46 wrote:
Something I will never forget happened when I was 15 years old (long time ago),I was due to start work at what was then Challis garden centre with a friend of mine,he was a strapping 6 foot brilliant up and coming goal keeper.
One hot day 2 weeks before we started at Challis he jumped into the river ouse and came out DEAD,the shock of the cold water on a hot day shocked his heart.
I know it wont happen to you but one day it might!
Try to stay safe.
The same thing happened to my uncle who was 18 at the time. He was a strong swimmer and an accomplished canoist but his raised body temperature vs the cold water was too much of a shock and he died.
That`s the point Loollah,people say "it never happened to me" or "let them enjoy thereself" but to the family of your uncle and my friend it did happen and changed there lives forever.
I spose people will always jump in the water, but if this just makes people walk in or take things a bit slower and acclimatise rather than jump in it might just save a life.I hope so.
Crikey I'm interested to know how many people annually die a year from 'cold shock' jumping into rivers. And to think that two people who read this paper know someone it has happened too.

I will try and get some stats but to think all those people that jump into cold water every year and all those sportsmen that take an ice bath straight after exercise and lots of people at the gym/health clubs that do a sauna then ice bath routine.

It is just scaremongering for the sake of scaremongering.
[quote][p][bold]courier46[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Loollah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]courier46[/bold] wrote: Something I will never forget happened when I was 15 years old (long time ago),I was due to start work at what was then Challis garden centre with a friend of mine,he was a strapping 6 foot brilliant up and coming goal keeper. One hot day 2 weeks before we started at Challis he jumped into the river ouse and came out DEAD,the shock of the cold water on a hot day shocked his heart. I know it wont happen to you but one day it might! Try to stay safe.[/p][/quote]The same thing happened to my uncle who was 18 at the time. He was a strong swimmer and an accomplished canoist but his raised body temperature vs the cold water was too much of a shock and he died.[/p][/quote]That`s the point Loollah,people say "it never happened to me" or "let them enjoy thereself" but to the family of your uncle and my friend it did happen and changed there lives forever. I spose people will always jump in the water, but if this just makes people walk in or take things a bit slower and acclimatise rather than jump in it might just save a life.I hope so.[/p][/quote]Crikey I'm interested to know how many people annually die a year from 'cold shock' jumping into rivers. And to think that two people who read this paper know someone it has happened too. I will try and get some stats but to think all those people that jump into cold water every year and all those sportsmen that take an ice bath straight after exercise and lots of people at the gym/health clubs that do a sauna then ice bath routine. It is just scaremongering for the sake of scaremongering. TheTruthHurts
  • Score: 1

3:19pm Thu 24 Jul 14

courier46 says...

TheTruthHurts wrote:
courier46 wrote:
Loollah wrote:
courier46 wrote:
Something I will never forget happened when I was 15 years old (long time ago),I was due to start work at what was then Challis garden centre with a friend of mine,he was a strapping 6 foot brilliant up and coming goal keeper.
One hot day 2 weeks before we started at Challis he jumped into the river ouse and came out DEAD,the shock of the cold water on a hot day shocked his heart.
I know it wont happen to you but one day it might!
Try to stay safe.
The same thing happened to my uncle who was 18 at the time. He was a strong swimmer and an accomplished canoist but his raised body temperature vs the cold water was too much of a shock and he died.
That`s the point Loollah,people say "it never happened to me" or "let them enjoy thereself" but to the family of your uncle and my friend it did happen and changed there lives forever.
I spose people will always jump in the water, but if this just makes people walk in or take things a bit slower and acclimatise rather than jump in it might just save a life.I hope so.
Crikey I'm interested to know how many people annually die a year from 'cold shock' jumping into rivers. And to think that two people who read this paper know someone it has happened too.

I will try and get some stats but to think all those people that jump into cold water every year and all those sportsmen that take an ice bath straight after exercise and lots of people at the gym/health clubs that do a sauna then ice bath routine.

It is just scaremongering for the sake of scaremongering.
It`s just warning people to be aware,i`m sure there families wished there loved ones hadn`t jumped in.It`s 2 people who have bothered to write in i`m sure there are many more.Theres always one that wants to turn it into something it isn`t .Scaremongering lol ,if one person is saved by not jumping in i`m happy.If people enjoy themselfs i`m happy also.
[quote][p][bold]TheTruthHurts[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]courier46[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Loollah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]courier46[/bold] wrote: Something I will never forget happened when I was 15 years old (long time ago),I was due to start work at what was then Challis garden centre with a friend of mine,he was a strapping 6 foot brilliant up and coming goal keeper. One hot day 2 weeks before we started at Challis he jumped into the river ouse and came out DEAD,the shock of the cold water on a hot day shocked his heart. I know it wont happen to you but one day it might! Try to stay safe.[/p][/quote]The same thing happened to my uncle who was 18 at the time. He was a strong swimmer and an accomplished canoist but his raised body temperature vs the cold water was too much of a shock and he died.[/p][/quote]That`s the point Loollah,people say "it never happened to me" or "let them enjoy thereself" but to the family of your uncle and my friend it did happen and changed there lives forever. I spose people will always jump in the water, but if this just makes people walk in or take things a bit slower and acclimatise rather than jump in it might just save a life.I hope so.[/p][/quote]Crikey I'm interested to know how many people annually die a year from 'cold shock' jumping into rivers. And to think that two people who read this paper know someone it has happened too. I will try and get some stats but to think all those people that jump into cold water every year and all those sportsmen that take an ice bath straight after exercise and lots of people at the gym/health clubs that do a sauna then ice bath routine. It is just scaremongering for the sake of scaremongering.[/p][/quote]It`s just warning people to be aware,i`m sure there families wished there loved ones hadn`t jumped in.It`s 2 people who have bothered to write in i`m sure there are many more.Theres always one that wants to turn it into something it isn`t .Scaremongering lol ,if one person is saved by not jumping in i`m happy.If people enjoy themselfs i`m happy also. courier46
  • Score: 2

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