Boy rescued from icy lake
Victoria Road, Laindon
28/02/2018 @ 15:20
Incident Number: 72870
In attendance: 1 x Basildon, 1 x Leigh (water rescue team)
Firefighters have rescued a young boy from a freezing lake in Laindon this afternoon.
The boy had run across the ice to try and get to the middle, but the ice broke up, leaving him trapped on an island in the middle of the lake.
Firefighters from our water rescue team used inflatable sledges to wade out and rescue the boy. The boy was freezing cold but fortunately not hurt.
Area Manager Tony Clark, said:
"The boy today has been extremely lucky that he didnt fall into the water and his friend was sensible enough to call 999. I don't even want to think about what we could have been called to if he had fallen in.
"There is just no way you can tell if the ice can take your weight or not - by the time you find out it can't, it's too late. We know an iced over lake might look appealing, but just a few minutes in icy water can kill.
"Our warning to people is to not go on icy ponds or lakes in any circumstances, just by taking one step onto the ice you are risking your life - it's simply not worth it.
Stay safe this winter around iced over ponds and lakes:
- DO NOT venture onto the ice - being a good swimmer will NOT save you in freezing conditions, so do not enter the water in any circumstance
- Ensure that children and animals are supervised at all times
- If a person or animal does fall through the ice into the water call the emergency services immediately