Sunday, April 2, 2023

Police highlight dangers around quarries

Police in Ammanford are urging people not to enter Cilyrychen Quarry at Llandybie and are reminding of the dangers and risks.

While it may seem like harmless fun, youngsters are at risk of drowning in deep, cold water, falling down sheer faces and being buried in sand stockpiles or quicksands. Police are urging young people to consider the consequences.

Cilyrychen Quarry at Llandybie is private property, and is off limits to the public. Police and quarry management conduct regular patrols of the site to keep the public safe.

Andrew Sainty, quarry manager at Lafarge Tarmac, said “I would like to take this opportunity to ask parents to be mindful of where their children are at evenings, weekends and during holidays, especially during hot weather, when children look to play in water”.

PC John Hill, Ammanford Police said “I can’t stress enough the dangers and risks at this site. I urge people to consider the consequences of entering the quarry and the water; there are a number of hazards including sheer faces and deep cold water.

“Please, just keep out.”

Quarries are dangerous places, filled with visible and hidden dangers and they are often in hard to reach areas

The water can look inviting, but is very cold and deep, and even experienced swimmers can suddenly find themselves in difficulty.

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