A young woman who ignored a ‘no swimming’ sign at a Milton Keynes lake had to be rescued by firefighters after she became stranded.
Crews from Bletchley, Great Holm and Broughton, as well as the Water Rescue Unit from Newport Pagnell, were called to help the woman who had got stuck on Caldecotte Weir, between Simpson and Caldecotte Lake North in Milton Keynes.
It is believed she had been swimming with friends when she ran into trouble at around 9pm last night.
Firefighters wearing drysuits secured her with a waterproof throw line and helped her to safety up a ladder before she was handed into the care of paramedics.
Watch Manager Chris Montague from Bletchley Fire Station said: “Although she was cold after her ordeal, we’re glad to say she was otherwise uninjured.”
Firefighters now are urging people not to ignore the ‘no swimming’ signs on lakes and other waterways in the city.
Neil Boustred, head of Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service’s community safety team, said: “Please don’t be tempted to take a dip in rivers, lakes or canals.
“Weirs and areas of fast currents are obviously high risk, but any stretch of water, still or flowing, has the capability to kill.”
“Strong currents or cold water can quickly overwhelm even strong swimmers. Pollution or algae can cause illness, and there can be hidden dangers including deep holes, soft mud, weeds or rubbish.”
> Neil asked people to remember these safety tips:
The safest place to swim is in a supervised swimming pool.
Warn your children of the risks, and know where they are when they are out playing.
Act responsibly near water, and never swim, even where allowed, after drinking alcohol.
At home, keep small children away from ponds and pools and make sure they are supervised in the bath.