West Mercia Police are warning people about the dangers of swimming or playing near open water after two children had to be pulled from a river in Worcestershire this lunchtime.
An 11-year-old boy and his 6-year-old sister were swimming in the River Arrow near Dolphin Road in Redditch shortly before 12:35pm.
They were rescued by a man and a woman who were walking nearby who heard the children's cries for help.
Both were taken to hospital where they are understood to be in a stable condition.
Detective Inspector Vikki Reay of West Mercia Police
“Were it not for the actions of these people who were nearby we could be looking at a double tragedy – these children had a very lucky escape.
“This illustrates all too plainly the dangers of swimming in or playing near open water and such an incident right at the start of the school summer holidays also serves as a warning to parents to be aware of where their children are and what they are doing.”
West Midlands Ambulance say the two children who were seen in difficullty in the River Arrow had been pulled form the water by the time crew arrived.
A spokeswoman said:
“Ambulance crews treated a six-year-old girl who was found to have a reduced level of consciousness and suffering from hypothermia. The girl was also found to have ingested some water from the river. Crews provided emergency medical treatment at the scene before airlifting the girl to Birmingham Children’s Hospital, where on arrival, she was conscious and talking to paramedics.
“A second patient, an 11-year-old boy, is also believed to have ingested some of the river water and was suffering from hypothermia. The boy again was provide with medical treatment at the scene and conveyed, via land ambulance, to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch for further assessment and treatment."