LONDON, ONT. -- Oxford OPP are warning the public to always be careful when swimming after responding to a near-drowning over the weekend.

Emergency crews were called to an address on Prouse Road in South-West Oxford Township around 3:50 p.m. Saturday.

Police say an adult entered the open body of water and was swimming for a while until they started struggling.

A bystander was able to pull the person out of the water and began cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

The swimmer was taken to hospital as a precaution.

OPP want to remind residents to always use caution around bodies of water and heed the following tips:

  • Learn how to swim - it's never too late and it could save a life
  • Only swim in water deep enough that you can manage
  • Always swim with a buddy, in case of an emergency
  • Avoid alcohol when planning to swim, or be near water
  • Wear or have a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) nearby at all times
  • Keep a cell phone handy, in the event of an emergency