ALCESTER residents are being urged think carefully before they attempt to swim in lakes, quarries or any type of open water, following the death of a 17-year-old boy.

The warning comes from Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service along and Warwickshire Police following the recent death of Luke Murphy at a quarry in Bishops Itchington.

The teenager disappeared on July 26.

The alarm was raised at 6pm on the day but emergency services were initially unable to find him, although a body was found in the water the next day.

In a bid to save lives, fire and police officers will be out and about in the next few weeks at local quarries and lakes where young people hang out to talk to them about the dangers they could face when swimming in open water.

Group commander and prevention lead for Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service, Tim Sargent said: “We know with the warmer weather that swimming in open water can be a real attraction, but the water is very deceiving and can often take you under, especially if you dive or tombstone into the water.

"Add cold water shock to the mix and you have a recipe for disaster.

“Our advice to anyone considering going into the water is just not to do it. However, we know that we know that people will still be tempted. So if you are out with friends and you do decide to swim, then don’t drink alcohol, as this will inhibit your ability and perception of risk and will leave you unable to deal with the cold water shock."

He added: "Stay together and look out for each other. If something does happen, call 999 immediately; do not attempt a rescue yourself."

Warwickshire County Council’s portfolio holder for community safety, councillor Andy Crump, added: “There have been a number of fatalities nationally and tragically one here in Warwickshire.

"So if you have young children or teenagers, please talk to them about the dangers of swimming in open water and help them to understand the risks involved.”