EMERGENCY services have been highlighting the dangers of cold water shock at the deadly 'Blue Lagoon' quarry in Stourport.

A crew from Severn Area Rescue Association Wyre Forest (SARA) and Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service visited Shavers End Quarry today (Saturday, July 17) to prevent people from swimming in the water.

They were there to educate those thinking about cooling off in the quarry pool - which has claimed the lives of two teenagers within the last two years.

Haider Ali, aged 17, died at the quarry pool in August last year. In July 2019, 18-year-old Jayden Clarke died after hitting his head while swimming in the quarry with friends.

A spokesperson from SARA Wyre Forest said: "Even though it’s really warm today, the water will still be cold and this can affect your ability to swim."

In May last year, West Mercia Police ordered 40 visitors to vacate the fenced-off quarry. Earlier this year, officers shared fresh warnings about the dangers of swimming in the quarry pool.

Patrol sergeant Dave Wise said on Twitter: "Young, fit, healthy and strong swimmers die here and at similar quarries around the country every year.

"I've seen it happen and have witnessed the impact on those they leave behind.

"Don't put your life at risk. Don't pressure others to jump in. Stay out, stay alive."

West Mercia Police tweeted: "As well as the hidden dangers, quarry water is incredibly cold, much colder than rivers, lakes and the sea.

"A sudden plunge into this sort of water could send your body into shock. Cold water shock can be fatal.

"Please don't risk it."