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Stay safe – don’t enter streams and water

A fresh warning has come for people to not put themselves at risk by entering streams or water.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is giving the warning following a call on Thursday, July 6, to rescue a dog from a stream.

Two crews from Ramsbottom and Whitefield along with the water incident unit from Heywood rescued the dog from a culvert on Palatine Drive, Bury.

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Station Manager Daniel Marshall said: “Please never enter streams, open water or anywhere that doesn’t have a lifeguard present.

“You can never be certain of the depth of the water, it is a lot colder than you expect and you can easily be swept away.”

Councillor David Acton, Chair of the Fire Committee, said: “Our firefighters work extremely hard to keep everyone in Greater Manchester safe and this incident was no different.

“Water can be extremely dangerous, with culverts giving risk of a build-up of gases, so please never enter them. Our crews are highly trained to enter dangerous situations like this one so please leave it to the experts.”

Crews used specialist buoyancy and other tools to rescue it and were on the scene for approximately 50 minutes.

Daniel added: “Never follow your animal into water, as they will usually be able to find their own way out.

“If you do see someone struggling in water, call 999 and wait for our arrival so we can use our specialist equipment to rescue them.”

To find out more about staying safe near water visit our Safe 4 Summer website.

Last update: 19/02/2018 16:21:10
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