An emergency ‘throwline’ has been installed near the lake at Southport’s Hesketh Park.
Set-up securely next to the lake and accessible using a code that can be obtained by calling 999, the throwline can be used to help someone in trouble without the risk of anyone else entering the water themselves.
Storing it in the lockable cabinet will ensure the potentially life-saving equipment is in place when someone needs it.
The throwline is registered with the emergency services, and if someone should get into trouble in the water, an access code can be obtained from 999 operators.
Instructions on the cabinet make it clear how people can access the throwline and how to use it safely.
Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Safety in our parks and around lakes, ponds and along our seashore is paramount to the Council so I am glad to see this new piece of equipment installed at Hesketh Park lake.
“Sadly, every year we have reports of life rings and throwlines going missing across the borough, which can mean lives would be at risk should someone find themselves in difficulty in the water.
“As a solution to this, we have installed this secure unit at Hesketh Park, and are keen to roll out more of these secure lifesaving stations across the Borough.
“It is thought that there are only four similar units across the whole of the North West, so I am delighted that in Sefton we are able to look at lasting solutions which will ultimately ensure the safety of everyone enjoying our parks and greenspaces.”
Steve Thomas, Station Manager at Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service and Chair of the Merseyside Water Safety Forum, said: “It is fantastic to see this potentially lifesaving piece of equipment installed at Hesketh Park. Members of the public should still remain vigilant and be very aware of the dangers of swimming in open water, particularly the effects of cold water shock – even during spells of warm weather.
“We would urge visitors to Hesketh Park and other waterside locations across Merseyside to never tamper with throwlines or other pieces of safety equipment. You might think it’s only a bit of fun, but these items have been installed for a reason. If the equipment has been removed or tampered with, it could be the difference between life and death for someone who has gotten into difficulty in water.”