Unconfirmed reports today of a person drowned in Shadwell Basin. The photo below of large numbers of people swimming in the Basin last year shows the numbers who are attracted to the water when it’s hot.
Unfortunately despite the air temperature making the water look inviting it is very cold and can catch the unwary off guard.
The Basin is deep and if a swimmer gets in trouble their problems are just beginning unless they are near the chains running around the old dock walls.
The tweet below from local resident Dominic King sums the situation up.