SOUTH Wales fire and rescue service is urging the public to stay safe around reservoirs, estuaries and water courses.

The service wants people to be aware of currents, to check for tides, to avoid jumping or tombstoning into any water due to depth and potential cold water shock, and also avoid going into water after drinking alcohol as it can impair reactions and ability to swim.

Assistant chief fire officer at South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Andrew Thomas, said: “We’re asking the public to take extra care when in or around water. If you want to cool off in the water over the summer break, South Wales has some fantastic beaches which are patrolled by RNLI lifeguards and boats and will ensure your safety.”

Barry Coastguard this week was called to the Old Harbour breakwater following reports of teenagers jumping into the water.

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