Bristol BID campaign urges caution around the Harbourside this summerPosted on: 19 Apr 2022
Eye-catching posters and signs have been installed across the popular city centre area.
Bristol City Centre BID are revisiting their water safety campaign, organised to highlight the different risks that the Harbourside waters can pose, from low temperatures to submerged objects, poor water quality and lack of exit points.
The Harbourside is one of the city's most popular gathering points during the summer months, offering the perfect spot for friends to get together and enjoy a drink overlooking the river.
But, with people drinking around the area, and amid high temperatures, locals are being reminded not to enter the water under any circumstances.
As the weather warms up, we look for ways to cool down, but it’s important to never enter the harbour water ??— Bristol City Centre BID (@BristolBID) April 12, 2022
The dangers of the water are always there, whatever the weather.
Bristol harbour is not the wild swimming spot you may be looking for.
It’s not a risk worth taking? pic.twitter.com/E4Tzw6Yiuv
Set up in late 2021 in collaboration with Avon Fire & Rescue Service, Bristol City Council and Avon & Somerset Police, Bristol Water Safety Partnership comes following a string of high-profile incidents and deaths involving people getting into difficulty in the water.
A series of multi-coloured signs has been installed around the harbour to raise awareness of the significant dangers to swimmers, day and night.
Signage includes a warning not to 'Drink and Dive', a nod to 'A Very Dirty Cocktail' of toxins and harmful bacteria lurking in the water, and a suggestion that 'Getting in is the Easy Part', pointing to potential difficulty locating or being able to reach an exit point.
'Getting in is the Easy Part' - one of several signs installed as part of a new water safety campaign. Photo: Plaster
Speaking on the campaign's launch last year, Bristol City Centre BID's Chief of Operations, Keith Rundle, explained:
“Bristol’s harbour is fantastically popular and a magnet for Bristolians and tourists alike. Its draw as a leisure destination means there is an increased risk of incidents in the water at night.
“We all want people to be safe and this campaign is all about educating people about the hidden risks posed by swimming in the harbour, and to remind people everyone of the need to take care in the dark and especially during or after a night out.”
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