Heat: lifeguards warn against carelessness on Berlin lakes

Lifeguards warn Berliners and Brandenburgers of the dangers of swimming in unsupervised waters. The spokesman for the Brandenburg state association of the German Life Saving Society (DLRG), Daniel Keip, told the German Press Agency: “We find again and again that bathers and swimmers overestimate their own abilities, especially on and in the water and on the other hand the dangers of the Underestimate water.” Keip said water has no beams, that is sometimes forgotten. And the further away the bathing spots are from other people, the further away the next help is.

Three people died in swimming accidents in Brandenburg on the Pentecost weekend. The fatal accidents occurred in Brandenburg an der Havel, Zossen and Lychen. The cases were followed up by the lifeguards, reported Keip. “When someone dies, we are very emotionally involved very quickly, precisely because we volunteer and were unable to help.” However, many accidents happened out of carelessness, because people had the impression that they were efficient. “It’s extremely dangerous and can end tragically.” Guarded outdoor pools in particular would provide more security.

Lifesaver: All bathers should follow this rule

The lifesaver recommended an old rule for bathing and swimming in sweltering heat: “Cool down before bathing, get used to the water temperature, don’t overstrain yourself.” Sunbathing for half an hour and then going straight into the water to cool down can put a strain on the circulation, Keip warned .

Stand-up paddlers and hobby canoeists should also carefully assess their strength when going out on the lake, drink a lot and protect themselves from the blazing sun. Driving along the shore might not be so “cool”, but you can still stand there sometimes, recommended Keip. Not everyone gets back on the boat or board after falling into the water and is then far from any possibility of help. “We just hope that people will be sane.”

Brandenburg: 23 people drowned, 111 heat deaths in 2021

According to the DLRG, 23 people drowned in Brandenburg last year. Heat can also put a heavy strain on the human organism. According to the Berlin-Brandenburg Statistics Office, 111 heat deaths were registered in the state last year. For comparison: 143 heat deaths were recorded in 2020, and 126 in 2019.

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