Council warns people to stay off ice at Hemsworth Water Park

Hemsworth town council warning people to stay off the ice over the winter months.'Ann Westmoreland and Colin Dobson at Hemsworth Water Park
Hemsworth town council warning people to stay off the ice over the winter months.'Ann Westmoreland and Colin Dobson at Hemsworth Water Park
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Town council bosses are warning residents to stay off the ice at Hemsworth Water Park this winter.

The council, which runs the water park in Kinsley, is reminding people to be aware of the dangers when the lakes freeze.

Coun Ann Westmorland, vice-chairwoman of Hemsworth Town Council’s leisure committee, said: “The water park is so dangerous in winter.

“People have already lost their lives there and we don’t want to see it happen again.

“It’s very frightening because the lakes are so deep in the middle, people don’t realise.

“We just want everyone to stay safe.”

The council has ice procedures in place during periods when the two lakes freeze.

It has also written to schools asking them to remind youngsters of the dangers of playing on the ice.

Anyone who sees someone fall through the ice should call 999 and should not go on the ice themselves.

If the person gets out before emergency services arrive they should be kept warm before being taken to hospital, even if they appear to be unaffected.

Wakefield Council has backed the call to stay away from frozen rivers, canals and lakes.

Coun Maureen Cummings, cabinet member for environment and communities, said:“As winter approaches, I want to remind all residents to be extra careful and safe around lakes, canals and rivers.

“With temperatures set to plunge, water can freeze over and become dangerous. In these circumstances it’s best to stay away.”