Warning signs installed after Saltford Weir death

Saltford Weir The Canal & River Trust launched a safety investigation after the death of Aaron Burgess

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Warning signs and a life ring have been installed next a weir after the death of a teenager on the River Avon.

Aaron Burgess, 14, from Longwell Green, died after getting into difficulty while swimming in Saltford Weir on 24 July.

The Canal & River Trust has introduced the new safety measures following its own investigation.

It also reiterated its advice to always avoid swimming in rivers and canals unless it is an organised event.

'No swimming'

Tony Stammers, head of health and safety at the trust, said: "Following the tragic events of the 24th July, we have carried out an investigation into the safety precautions in place at Saltford lock and have made the decision to install 'no swimming' signs and a life ring at the site.

"We hope that together with the railings already in place on the lock island, they further help to deter people from swimming in this area.

"The water is often very cold, even on the warmest of days, which can cause cramps.

"There can also be very strong currents and obstructions under the water which can be hazardous to even the strongest of swimmers."

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