A 39-year-old woman died after immersing herself in a river as part of a cold water therapy session, according to reports.
The woman, from Manchester, died on Monday afternoon after paramedics were dispatched to a riverside in Derbyshire.
Kevin O’Neill of Breatheolution facilitated the session, which has previously served Coleen Rooney and actor Stephen Graham.
Mr. O’Neill told The Sun: “I am heartbroken. I’ve not slept and I’m finding it hard to process. I cannot stop thinking about her family. It’s tragic.”
An investigation into the woman’s death is likely to be launched.
East Midlands Ambulance Service said that they were called to Bankside in Bridgemont on Monday at 15:43 BST.
“The caller reported a medical emergency,” a spokesperson said.
“We sent a paramedic in a fast response car and a double-crewed ambulance. The air ambulance was also in attendance.”
The Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, which was dispatched to help the paramedics, has issued a warning to the public about the dangers of swimming in open water.
“While we cannot and will not comment or speculate on the circumstances and cause of this tragic death, we would like to remind people of the dangers of entering open water and cold water shock,” said group manager Lee Williams.
Paramedics had called Derbyshire Police to the riverbank, “where they were treating a woman who had been in the water,” police added.
“The woman sadly died at the scene,” a spokesperson said. “A file is being prepared for the coroner. She was 39.”
Cold water therapy is “proving to have a significant effect on clients,” according to the company’s website, with benefits including aiding with sports injuries and anxiety.
“I have had the pleasure of taking nearly 1,000 people into the water at some stunning locations across the Peak District, there is something special about river water,” Mr. O’Neill said of his open water lessons.
“Before attempting to tackle the great outdoors,” the website advises, acclimatizing to the cold in showers, baths, or cold tanks, adding that “safety is always first priority.”
The woman died during National Fire Chiefs Council’s Be Water Aware week, which promotes awareness of the dangers of open water and cold water shock.
If people get into trouble, they should employ the “float to live” strategy, according to Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service.
“Lay on your back, put your arms and legs out and float,” added Mr. Williams.
“This will allow you to calm your breathing, gain control and either call for help, or swim to safety.”
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