WARNING TO KEEP OFF FROZEN WATER

People across the West Midlands are being urged to keep off frozen lakes, ponds, rivers and canals as the freezing weather conditions look set to continue, at least for the next few days.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to attend an incident at Bracebridge Pool Island in Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield this afternoon (Tuesday 22nd) following reports that a teenager had become stranded on an island in the lake after falling into the frozen water when the ice broke.

Emergency services were quickly on scene after a number of 999 calls at 3.45pm.  An ambulance and the Hazardous Area Response Team were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “The young man was rescued with the help of West Midlands Fire Service before being treated by ambulance staff for the onset of hypothermia and was then taken to Good Hope Hospital.

“People are risking their lives by attempting to walk on frozen canals, rivers and lakes.

“With the current weather conditions persisting, there is no way of knowing how solid or thick the ice is.

"Not only are people putting themselves at risk but also the people involved in any subsequent rescue attempts.  Over recent years there have been a number of tragic incidents where people have lost their lives after venturing onto the ice.

”Please avoid the same thing happening to you or a loved one by keeping well away.”

 

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