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Security patrols stepped up as abseilers use Burrator dam

By Plymouth Herald  |  Posted: March 23, 2014

By MARTIN FREEMAN

Security patrols stepped up as abseilers use Burrator dam
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SECURITY patrols have been stepped up at Burrator after the dam was used by abseilers.

The climbers stretched a rope across the road on top of the dam near Plymouth to descend the wall.

Anybody seeing the ‘dangerous activity” should report it, says South West Water (SWW).

“Not only were those concerned putting their own lives at risk but also the lives of others,” said a company spokesman.

The news comes as SWW and South West Lakes Trust appealed for visitors to stay safe.

Reports of abseiling and tombstoning – leaping into the water from a great height – were ‘extremely worrying’, the spokesman added.

“We work closely with the trust to make our reservoirs accessible and pleasant for people to visit,” he said.

“However, we would remind visitors that these are operational sites with hidden dangers.

“Every summer, we remind people not to swim in our reservoirs because there are no lifeguarding facilities, they are very deep – often with steep sides – and can be extremely cold.

“Similarly, dams are tall, steep structures and in some cases access to the bottom in an emergency would be challenging.

“Reports of abseiling and even tombstoning at our reservoirs are extremely worrying and we would urge anyone who sees this sort of activity taking place to contact our 24-hour helpline on 0844 346 2020.”

The spokesman added that SWW was increasing security patrols at Burrator.

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  • Malhowl  |  March 27 2014, 8:08AM

    Tony 248i - I am indebted to moneysavingexpert.com for this retort. Just like 0845 numbers, they class 0844 numbers as premium rate numbers, the charge for which is between 2.09p and 5.1p per minute (the actual charge being governed by the 5th, 6th, or 7th digit (which also governs how much the number subscribor receives). A call to a 0844 number, MAY oost up to double those to 0845 numbers and are NOT included in Mobile includive packages. This is the reason why David Cameron ordered Government departments such as DWP and DVLA to change to 03 numbers - which are free when called from a landline or mobile. As you correctly advise, people who saw shenanighans going on at Burrator would call on a mobile, so it. Is only "common semse" for SWW to have laid on a 03 number (NOTE: 0800 numbers are not free from Mobiles either) but, as they say the problem with "common sense" is unfortunately these days it is not "common". Personally, I REFUSE to call any numbers beginning 08 because, the pricing structure is so complex. I trust this assists, Regards, Malhowl

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  • Tony248i  |  March 25 2014, 12:42PM

    @Malhowl, it isn't premium rate though I believe SWW do get a cut of the charges. (Typical) however it isn't an inclusive call for most mobile plans so hardly an incentive to call, as people would be calling from mobiles! It is nanny state mentality, though. We would never have got ourselves an empire if all adventurous spirit had been suppressed like this back then.....

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  • Foldart  |  March 24 2014, 8:16AM

    @F - If, as this article says, they, 'stretched a rope across the road on top of the dam', I would be a bit annoyed if I found the road blocked by these numpties. If they would open the reservoir to more leisure activities such as course/game fishing, sailing etc., then this sort of unregulated activity wouldn't happen.

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  • firkinjeffery  |  March 23 2014, 4:32PM

    And the problem is??? F

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  • Malhowl  |  March 23 2014, 4:19PM

    Interesting to note, the money making machine that is SWW wants our help to report any odd going ons at Burrator by asking us to telephone them on a premium rate 0844 number. Some money grabbing non-entities just cannot help themselves. Regards. Malhowl

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