A WARNING has been issued about people jumping in the lake at one of the Vale’s most beloved parks.

Cosmeston Lakes county park is a tranquil green destination adored by families. However, concerns have been raised over reports of people jumping into the lake.

The warning, issued by Vale Council and South Wales Police, includes raising awareness about cold water shock and getting caught by obstructions beneath the surface.

Cllr Mark Wilson, cabinet member for neighbourhood and building services, explained: “Unfortunately, though the vast majority continue to enjoy our country parks responsibly, there have been some incidents involving people jumping into the water.

“The dangers of swimming in open water should be clear to all. Cold water shock can kill in minutes while there may be dangerous obstructions beneath the waterline and no lifeguard on hand to assist.”

At the end of May, South Wales Police began Operation Elstree, promoting water safety tips and aiming to stamp out anti-social behaviour.

Elstree aims to deliver a collaborative approach to tackling crime, safety concerns and anti-social behaviour across the county’s popular summer destinations.

Vale of Glamorgan Inspectors Mark Henderson and Abi Biddle said: “This team effort is intended to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour while ensuring the quiet enjoyment of coastal areas for law-abiding residents and visitors.

“Anti-social behaviour has a detrimental impact on our communities and we will continue to work with our partners to proactively patrol key areas to prevent such activity.”

Penarth Times: Police want to raise awareness of the issuePolice want to raise awareness of the issue (Image: South Wales Police)

Penarth Times: Cllr Wilson says swimming in the lake is prohibitedCllr Wilson says swimming in the lake is prohibited (Image: Vale Council)

Cllr Wilson added that if anyone has intentions to swim at Cosmeston Lakes, they should think again.

“Swimming at Cosmeston is strictly prohibited so people should not visit if this is their intention," he said.

“Instead, they could enjoy one of the excellent bathing beaches the Vale has to offer, visit the splashpad at Pencoedtre Park or an indoor pool.

“Having Park Rangers or the council’s Enforcement Team respond to incidents of this type comes at a cost to the council and consequently taxpayer.

“Park Rangers will continue working with South Wales Police to tackle such incidents and keep our country parks safe for everyone to enjoy.”

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