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Firefighters water safety message after boys rescued from Hollingworth lake

Borough: Oldham

Incident Date: 18 May 2014

FIREFIGHTERS are urging young people to take care near water in the warmer weather after two boys had to be rescued from Hollingworth Lake in Littleborough.

Three fire engines and the Water Incident Unit from Heywood Fire Station were called to the lake at 6.50pm on Sunday, May 18.


Crew Manager James Hayward said: "These youngsters were incredibly lucky - they became stranded after playing on a raft and we managed to get to them with the boat and bring them safely to dry land wearing life jackets.

"After only a couple of days of sunshine it appears some people have already forgotten about just how dangerous open water can be.

"Although the sun is shining, the water temperature still remains very cold and dangerous so remember that if you're thinking of playing near water.

"Don't be tempted to go for a dip to cool off because the water is often a lot colder than you expect and it can impact on your physical capabilities. Just because you can swim well in a pool doesn't mean you'll be able to swim well in cold water.

"Both boys were checked over by paramedics and were uninjured, but things could have been a lot worse - it's just not worth the risk."

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Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:35
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