swimming safety warning issued at Highbridge's Apex Park
bosses have this week issued a warning about the dangers of swimming
in the lakes at Highbridge's Apex Wildlife Park.
follows several incidents during recent days when young people
have been cooling off by swimming in the lakes.
District Council spokeswoman Claire Faun told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We have been advised of recent incidents of swimming and
the misuse of safety equipment taking place."
would like to remind all park users that the lake is not a suitable
or safe swimming environment and swimming is prohibited in the
lake at all times."
added: "The lake has little easy access in and out, has unknown
depth and slippery surfaces, is a haven for wildlife and marine
plants, including many plants where feet can easily get tangled.
The lake is a former clay pit and is inappropriate in terms of
swimming water quality."
aids are also for emergency-use only and should not be used/touched
unless it is an emergency. Whilst safety equipment is regularly
checked by Sedgemoor District Council staff, non-emergency use
increases the risk of safety equipment being unavailable/damaged
when an emergency takes place."
users who spot safety equipment missing or damaged should contact
the district council on 01278 435435.