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Incident Date: 26 July 2014
TWO men had a lucky escape when they were rescued from Hollingworth Lake this afternoon, Saturday, July 26, after swimming 80 metres from the shore.
Crews from Rochdale and a specialist Water Incident Unit were sent to the lake at 6.15pm after people on the shore saw the men clinging to a buoy.
Station Manager Andy Braken said: "The two men decided to take a swim in Hollingsworth Lake and swam out to a buoy around 80 metres from the shore.
"When they reached the buoy and tried to swim back they realised they'd had enough and swam back to the buoy and waited to be rescued.
"Our water incident unit launched a inshore dingy and rescued them from the water. It was a straight forward job for the firefighters at the scene, but both men could've easily been killed like so many other people who decide to swim in reservoirs and lakes in hot weather."
Both men were treated by paramedics from the North West Ambulance Service at the scene but declined hospital treatment.
Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority Councillor David Acton said: "These men were incredibly lucky to escape with their lives.
"Open water is freezing cold even in hot weather and you don't know what hazards lay beneath the surface - there could be debris to trap you or strong currents to drag you under.
"It might be tempting to cool off in hot weather, but you could end up dying for a dip."