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The picture that sparked an outrage: Adults with pushchairs walk across River Taff

There was outrage  yesterday after a  photograph emerged  which showed two men pushing buggies  across Cardiff’s River  Taff.

At least one child  appears to be in one of the pushchairs, which  were being pushed  across the river at  Blackweir, near the  Blackweir Bridge.

Penarth Coastguard  tweeted the picture  yesterday and warned:  “Blackweir is a  dangerous place to  swim, but this is just  reckless and  dangerous.”

It said being swept  over Blackweir was  like “being dumped by a constant barrage  of pumping waves  with the churning  water forcing you  down”.

“It only takes ankle  deep water to knock  you off your feet. It  only takes 60 seconds  to drown. Fast flowing  water hides dangers  such as rocks, holes,  debris and fallen trees  trapping the  swimmer,” the  coastguard said.

Sergeant Adrian  Snook, of South Wales  Police, said: “We can  understand why  people are attracted to  the river in this hot  weather, but we  cannot emphasise  enough just how  dangerous this can be because of the water temperature, underwater hazards and undercurrents.

“We would advise  anyone wishing to cool  off this summer to visit  one of the many safe  and supervised  swimming pools in  Cardiff.”

Natural Resources  Wales, which manages  rivers and operates a  fish path at Blackweir,  said weirs could be  “extremely  dangerous”.

Although the water  may appear calm, it  can have strong  currents making it  dangerous to paddle,  swim or boat, a  spokesman said.

The photograph was  posted on the  Facebook page  “Spotted Cardiff” on  Sunday night,  prompting almost 200  comments – most of  which were shocked at  the image.

One person wrote:  “Not only reckless but  also a way of getting  those kids absolutely  petrified of water.  Disgusting!”

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