CHESHIRE Fire and Rescue Service is warning people about the dangers of swimming in open water after a man drowned in a lake on the outskirts of Northwich.
Crews were called out to Hatchmere Lake, off Delamere Road just after noon yesterday, Wednesday, after reports of a swimmer disappearing from sight.
At 2pm the body of a man in his 40s was discovered by police divers.
Ian West, station manager at Northwich and Winsford said: “This is the second fatal incident in the past two months and I cannot stress enough the dangers that exist in open water swimming.
“It is so easy to get into difficulties. The water may look calm on the surface, but there may still be strong undercurrents that could pull even a strong swimmer under.
“Other risks include cold water causing a swimmer’s body to shut down or the onset of cramp. These conditions can effect anyone, even an experienced open water swimmer.
“If people do want to swim in the open water they should do so as part of an organised club that has safety measures in place to protect you when you are in the water.”