Urgent plea not to swim in Fenland pit

Stay clear of swimming in Star Pit between Whittlesey and Peterborough, fire chiefs warn

Stay clear of swimming in Star Pit between Whittlesey and Peterborough, fire chiefs warn - Credit: Cambs Fire & Rescue

An urgent plea not to swim in a Fenland pit has been issued by fire chiefs.  

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue issued the warning today. 

Their spokesperson said: “We’re aware of reports of people visiting Star Pit, between Whittlesey and Kings Dyke, and going in the water. 

“Please keep out of the water”. 

Cambs fire and rescue added: “There are many hidden dangers beneath the surface.  

“Sheer drops, deep ice-cold water in some parts, and former quarry materials and machinery lurking below, are just some of the hazards there.” 

The spokesperson added: “If you want to go for a swim, head to a leisure centre or join an open water swimming group. 

“It’s not worth the risk.” 

One resident told them that “there's a lot of old quarry machinery and detritus under the waters and the pit is over 100ft deep. 

“It would cost a fortune to make it safe again”. 

But another added: “Locals have been swimming in these pits for years, you won't stop it happening. 

“All you can do is put danger warning signs up”