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Fire Service Warns of Frozen Waterways Danger

5th January 2010

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (NYFRS) has issued a warning to people to keep well away from frozen waterways and ponds. As the freezing weather continues, more and more ice is being formed on ponds, streams and rivers where flow is slow. Some of this ice and water is completely covered with snow and the danger not always apparent, especially if you have little knowledge of the area.

Station Manager Richard Henry of NYFRS comments;

“We often see people walking dogs or children playing on frozen lakes and ponds. Once someone steps onto the ice they take their life in their hands as there is no guarantee that the ice can bear a person’s weight. History shows that if someone falls through ice they may well disappear out of sight, away from help quickly drown. Once in the water, a casualty will quickly be overcome by the intense cold and unable to help themselves. Passersby and members of the emergency services may well then have to risk their own lives to carry out rescues.”

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