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Fire service issue frozen water warning

Cumbria County Council's Fire and Rescue Service is warning people of the potentially fatal consequences of venturing onto frozen lakes, rivers and ponds.

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People warned to avoid frozen rivers, ponds and lakes

The region has been experiencing freezing temperatures lately, and the cold snap is set to continue.

Cumbria County Council's Fire and Rescue Service is warning people of the potentially fatal consequences of venturing onto frozen lakes, rivers and ponds.

"If you go out onto frozen water you are literally dicing with death so I'd urge people not to do so under any circumstances.

"There are many potential dangers associated with a frozen body of water. Although it may appear to be robust and strong, there can be little or no support and the ice can give way with no warning.

"The hazards are drowning, asphyxia and hypothermia. If the ice gives way then it can trap you, and in freezing temperatures hypothermia sets in very quickly.

"I'd also encourage parents to never leave youngsters unsupervised near frozen ponds, rivers and lakes.

– Adrian Buckle, Cumbria's Assistant Chief Fire Officer

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