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Scene of Bawsey double death still a sunbathing hotspot despite danger warnings

By Eve Tawfick

Record-high temperatures have brought out sun-worshippers, but some are putting their lives at risk as the picture on this page taken at Bawsey Pits yesterday shows.

Many had gone to the privately-owned former quarry on the edge of Lynn and some were ignoring clear warning signs and swimming in the water.

The pits were the scene of a tragedy six years ago when a 16-year-old boy from the London area and a man from Lynn drowned on the same day.

People swimming at Bawsey pits. (14282889)
People swimming at Bawsey pits. (14282889)

The area at Bawsey covers an old quarry and under the surface, the reckless swimmers could encounter any number of hazards, that could injure them or pull them under.

Despite the warnings about staying safe in the heat, the pictures on the right shows a gaggle of bold bathers frolicking in the water at Bawsey, with some of them children,despite very clear notices about the dangers of entering the water.

Earlier in the week, Norfolk Police issued a plea for people to stay out of such waters.

Chief Inspector Craig Miller, community safety officer, said: “It is difficult to judge how deep the water is and there can also be obstructions under the surface where people can become trapped.

“We urge people not to go into rivers, lakes and open water and ask parents to make sure there youngsters know about the dangers and go to the local swimming pool where they can have fun and be safe.”

Last year people were told to “stay out of the water,” by the owner of Bawsey Pits.

Stephen Bacon, who has owned the pits since buying it fromSibelco in 2015, explained the pits are currently closed to the public and said people should not be swimming under any circumstances.

He said at that time: “Warning signs across the park state clearly no swimming and we are reminding people on social media that the park remains closed at this time and we are also reminding people of the strict no swimming policy and the dangers associated with it.

People swimming at Bawsey pits. (14282883)
People swimming at Bawsey pits. (14282883)

Yesterday was said to be one of the hottest days on record, with the Mercury reaching 36C.

There were speed restrictions on the Lynn to London rail line yesterday, in common with much of the much of the country.

There were reduced services and increased journey times for passengers throughout the day.

The RSPCA was warning people to make sure that they kept an eye on their pets as some of them were suffering in the fierce heat,

The unrestrained heat was only briefly halted on overnight on Tuesday when a big storm hit West Norfolk waking many people fromtheir slumbers.

The picture of the lightning onthe right was taken by Sally Thrower, of Lynn.

The Met Office has released a yellow weather warningfor more thunderstorms tonight.

The really hot weather comes to an end from today. There will be some rain about over the weekend with the temperatures down to 25C and about 21C over the weekend.

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