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Fire service teaches water safety following number of drownings last year

They're urging the public to be careful around open water. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Bedfordshire's fire and rescue service are warning people to stay safe in the water after a number of drownings last year.

They were in Bedford to educate the public on what to do if they see someone in trouble, urging people to be vigilant near open water ahead of the summer months.

They also taught CPR. Credit: ITV Anglia.

They performed a water rescue demonstration, taught CPR and gave many youngsters the chance to see what it is like being involved in a rescue.

To keep yourself safe is the most important thing. Not to go in the water yourself to try and help someone because if they're not a very good swimmer they could pull you underneath and then there's two people in trouble

– David Lynch, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue

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