As regular swimmers already know, a woman named as Ms Ahlburg was found dead in the pond on Monday August 5th. At present it seems likely this was an incredibly sad and tragic accident but KLPA committee know no more than can be gleaned from newspapers. A report in the Evening Standard can be found at: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/pictured-awardwinning-photographer-who-died-in-hampstead-heath-ladies-pond-8747578.html and a search engine will give you other reports. Apparently, Ms Ahlburg disappeared after she went swimming on Sunday. The Police are asking for anyone with relevant information to contact them. The pond was closed while investigations continued but was re-opened on August 10th.
A new, updated version of Jean Perraton's book defending open water swimming is now available from Jon Carpenter Publishing 19 The Green Charlbury, OX7 3QA. Tel 01608 819117
Jean was a pioneer in raising this subject and her book helped to create the current revival of open water swimming by encouraging campaigners and marshalling the arguments about why we should be allowed to swim wherever there is swimmable water. But the book failed to reach a wide readership as it appeared just too soon to benefit from the surge of popular interest it had helped to bring about. This updated version includes a section tracing the progress and lack of progress since the original.
Jean Perraton is President of the River and Lake Swimming Association and chairs the Cam Valley Forum, a voluntary organisation which seeks to protect and improve the environment of the river Cam.
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