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.”