Fire service rescue training on Ullswater

The fire service carry out a practise rescue. Credit: ITV Border

The fire service carry out a practise rescue. Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service are urging people to take care when swimming or boating in the county’s lakes and rivers this Easter.

They say with tens of thousands of visitors heading to the Lake District over the next few weeks, people need to be aware of the dangers of open water.

Emergency services searching the river in Longtown in 2015. Credit: ITV Border

Emergency services searching the river in Longtown in 2015. Credit: ITV Border

The fire service have out on Ullswater, one of the region’s busiest lakes, to practise dragging casualties from the freezing water.

  • 163 – Fire service rescues (from water) in last five years
  • 11 – Fire service rescues (from water) this year so far

Some of these rescues have ended in tragedy, including a man who drowned while saving his daughter from the river in Longtown two years ago.

Two years before that, a holidaymaker died in front of friends and family after getting in trouble while swimming in Thirlmere