Bristol Harbour Safety

Two young women sit in the sunshine on the floor at the edge of Bristol Harbour overlooking the water, with old, industrial cranes in the background.

There has been a number of people who have jumped into the Harbour waters and got into difficulty. Tragically some have died.

We want you all to please stay safe…

Even when the air is hot, the water is cold and not suitable for swimming.

When your body hits cold water, “cold shock” can cause dramatic changes in breathing, heart rate and blood pressure.

Even experienced swimmers in calm waters can quickly lose muscle control.

Don’t risk it.

In case of an accident where you find yourself in the water, please be aware of the dangers of cold water shock and take note of the information below: (credit RNLI)

Float to Live

  • Fight your instincts to swim
  • Lie back and keep your airways clear, push your stomach up and extend your limbs, moving hands & feet to stay afloat.
  • Try and control your breathing.
  • Once controlled, try and make your way towards safety

Please take a moment to read Avon Fire & Rescue Water Safety Information here

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