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Penrith fire and rescue service are urging the public to stay off frozen water during the winter months.

They've been carrying out a rescue exercise on a frozen lake in Penrith, to highlight the dangers of people playing on ice.

Practise rescue on the ice Credit: ITV Border
The team practise working on frozen water Credit: ITV Border
Fire service member awaiting rescue Credit: ITV Border

Conrad Leather is the station manager at Penrith fire and rescue and is warning people that it's not just children who have to be wary frozen water:

"We need parents to realise that it's very dangerous for the kids but it's also dangerous for adults. The ice we have been practising on is thick, but a lot of the time, ice is thinner than it looks."

A frozen lake outside of Penrith Credit: ITV Border
Ice may appear thick, but could be fragile Credit: ITV Border

Fire service warning: 'Don't go on the ice'

Members of Penrith fire and rescue service have been carrying out a rescue exercise for people who have fallen through the ice.

The region has experienced freezing temperatures for several weeks, and the cold weather is expected to continue.

They are warning people of the dangers of playing on frozen lakes, rivers and tarns.

"The message I can't put across strongly enough is don't go on the ice. It might take us five or ten minutes to get there and that's just not time people have in these conditions.

"Every year people die, and statistics show that half of those people are either going to rescue others or their dogs.

"We don't want to see people throwing sticks on the ice for the dogs, because once the dogs goes through the ice, the owner is left in a predicament.

"If the ice can't hold the weight of a dog, it won't hold the weight of a person.

"So we would like to emphasise once again don't go on the ice."

– Conrad Leather, Station Manager, Penrith fire and rescue service

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