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Islander
May-22-2017 @ 5:54 PM                           Permalink
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I do wonder how we ever managed to achieve anything in this world when you listen to the prophets of doom.
Whitlingham board run regular open water swimming on their site. I don't think anyone has died from swallowing a bit of water from there. Get in there and enjoy. Remember, there are many sewage out falls near our wonderful beaches along the coast. Only those with. A weak constitution are likely to suffer. My mother told me I had to eat at least a pound of dirt before I died. No idea what I've eaton but I'm still here at 60+.

Colin Cheers

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Er yes they have , both broads have had drowning victims at whitlingham , as has Thorpe marsh's and not one victim was older than 25 and all within the last 10 yrs .
Yes there is regulated swimming in the great broad but safety boats are in presence too , all the signs were updated after the 2 children lost there life's at Thorpe marsh's .


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May-23-2017 @ 3:21 AM                           Permalink
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Rick, read the thread, no one is talking about drownings, I'm sure Colin was pointing out that no one had died from any disease picked up from getting a mouthful of water whilst swimming in the Broad, which aint a Broad anyway, as it's a gravel pit and has no flow of water through it, any potential risk is higher there than in a river or broad attached to a river.

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May-23-2017 @ 4:10 AM                           Permalink
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A a Broadlander born and bred I would not dream of swimming in the Broads. For all sorts of reasons.

The most pressing being...
I was sailing on one broad about three yeas back and almost rammed a swimmer. I had no idea that he was there until he was just feet away. I just managed to miss him on the Starboard side.
Apparently it was all my fault for sailing "like a effing idiot". The fact that he was virtually invisible in the busy choppy water, not even wearing a coloured cap, seemed to pass him by.
I have no problem if swimmers wish to risk drowning or poisoning themselves in the waters, that is their choice. But please do not swim anywhere stupid and have your death on a boaters conscience.

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May-23-2017 @ 4:11 AM                           Permalink
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Well said, TerryTibbs.  Events today have shown that safety is never guaranteed.  Those whose primary concern is their own safety will never know the true joy of living.

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Reading this you would think the Broads are dangerous!! And the broads consisted of muddy, disease ridden and dangerous areas!! NOT!!

The water is cleaner than its been for decades and there is no more chance of catching anything than swimming in any open water - and as was pointed out Weils Disease can be caught from ropes , vegetation and anything close to the water as well.

Its not for me to support or otherwise swimming, as thats down to the individual, but I suspect in reality its probably just as safe as driving your car along the road!!

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TT if yiu read Colin's post it makes specific reference to whitlingham by using the words from there , yes I know they are grave pits but why do you think that the fire service dive teams practice there ? Because its very like the rivers and broads and are just as dangerous , my post was answering Colin's obviously not rather than referring to swimming on the rivers and broads and is a like place to go to try and keep away from boats etc and people think they are perfectly safe including you and they clearly are not .
Weil's is far more likely to be contracted BTW via an open cut rather than via swallowing water , and it does take life's , its not that long ago that a BW diver working on a lock died from Weil's .
I fully agree with marshman in that the biggest danger is from boats that don't see the swimmer and not many get introduced to a turning prop and get away with it.

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May-23-2017 @ 12:07 PM                           Permalink
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I swim. My kids swim. My wife swims. We choose our spot carefully.

I also sail so I get my hands wet again and again and nearly always have some open cut somewhere. I am on the river in some form at least 4 times a week.
I have a dyke next to my garden and have fallen in it a couple of times.
I canoe occasionally and water splashes in my face and mouth.
I watch small children sail Toppers and capsize repeatedly.

All these things have a risk.

Weills - if its too great a risk then we should stop canoeing, wild swimming, paddle boarding, wet boats, and windsurfing right now. Not just on the Broads but all inland waters.

I also cross the road. And drive. And get drunk. These are also dangerous.

I would never advise another parent to let their child swim - its for them to make a decision.

But life is for living. I'll sit with a flask of tea by the side of the road when I'm gaga.

Bill

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May-23-2017 @ 12:31 PM                           Permalink
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Spot on Bill think that covers everything..
Well said

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Well said Bill!
Hows your tea?

Dave.
Formerly 'LeoMagill'

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I'm sorry but has anyone said ban this n ban that ? .
Your quite right Bill life is for living but what I can't understand is someone who clearly knows the risks not taking any measures to prevent potential harm coming to themselves , then again its your life to do with as you wish but there's a very fine line between being brave and being foolhardy , but at the end of the day its not going to affect me so why should I be bothered but  personally I prefer to not take risks with my life especially knowing that the consequences might be not having one .

Richard

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