Safety advisers start work at dangerous Bawsey Pits as swimmers ignore warnings

Swimmers in the water at Bawsey Pits. Swimmers in the water at Bawsey Pits.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
9:51 AM

Safety advisers have started monitoring Bawsey Pits as people continue to ignore warnings.

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The area is to be watched 24/7 throughout the summer holidays, with any reports of people jumping into the water to be reported to the relevant authorities.

Ryan Pettengell, 41, and Umar Balogun, 16, drowned at the lakes near King’s Lynn last July.

Minerals firm Sibelco, who own the site, previously said that people are ignoring warning signs not to swim in the flooded quarries.

Spokesman Nigel Canham, said: “The advisers reported to Bawsey Pits at 6am on Monday morning for the first time and they will now be there around the clock for the rest of the summer holidays.

“They have come at a good time as sadly we have had lots of people entering the water over the weekend and a lot of families are now coming to the area as the summer holidays have begun.

“I am fairly disappointed that people have continued to ignore our warnings and continue to swim in the water despite the signs that are there.

“Hopefully the presence of the advisers that will put people off going there to swim, and they will report anything illegal or dangerous that they see.”

The advisors will have no authority over what the public does but shall remind people that the area is a no-swim zone.

With the end of the school term, Bawsey Pits is expected to be at its busiest as more and more families are expected to visit the area.

Mr Canham added: “We are going to keep an eye over what happens during the summer.

“There will be reports put together at the end of the summer reviewing the events at Bawsey Pits over these summer months and will give them to the relevant authorities and see what can happen for the future.”

Hundreds took part in a public consultation about the future of the pits.

Sibelco earlier told a public meeting earlier this month that they hope to transform the pits into a country park which is safe for families to enjoy.

7 comments

  • Arthur Ransome Swallows and Amazons- Telegram from father re having a sailing dinghy-"Better drowned than duffers, if not duffers won't drown." Terrible lot of duffers about.

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Let them swim …. Its proof that Darwins theory of Natural Section works

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    Norfolk John

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • To be honest, there has been enough publicity about these lakes that anyone who's remotely local knows 2 people died there. The car parks closed so now visitors park along the main road which is going to lead to an accident as some of the idiots park on the crest of blind hills and at times the road is almost completely blocked. There were warning signs in different languages but they were vandalised. Open the gates, let people park on the site, if they go swimming and drown it's their own fault. The 'water' used to look so polluted I wouldn't let my dog swim in that dump. Polluted water, hidden weeds and machinery, 2 recent fatalities, lovely day out!

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    Runner77

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Blister do you not think that all the Nationalities that you mention might want to learn English? Would you expect signs in English in any of the aforementioned countries in a similar situation?

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    stormy

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • I blame Labour for allowing this notion that anyone can go anywhere they like in the countryside, trespass and intrude , with impunity. Part of me says let the morons drown, if they are not intelligent enough to know what most people know about pits then they deserve their fate. However since many may not be native to the area and think for some crazy reason that these are natural lakes ( not that they are any safer) then uncompromising picto-signs which are clear to any nationality should be erected. And since West Norfolk council has promoted the area as a country park maybe they should pay the aggregate company to either back fill and level one of the pits to a uniform safe depth or to excavate a swimming lake of a uniform safe depth and seriously fence off the rest. Or use the whole lot for landfill... And West Norfolk council should pay for an education campaign in all the regions schools and colleges explaining clearly what the dangers are and that being able to swim 25 metres in a heated poot is not being able to swim

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • They need signs in Lithuanian, Polish and Russian as many East Europeans use these quarries, and it is not fair that they are excluded from safety notices

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    blister

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Why not just put a sign up saying "2 people came here last year and never went home....Will you be next?"

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    andre smith

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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