Dangers of swimming in open water highlighted by emergency services and a horse gets stuck in ditch

Fire crews tweeted about a horse getting stuck in the silt of a watery ditch in Dogsthorpe. PHOTO: C

Fire crews tweeted about a horse getting stuck in the silt of a watery ditch in Dogsthorpe. PHOTO: Cambs Fire and Rescue - Credit: Archant

The dangers of open water during the hot weather have been issued by police - meanwhile the fire service has had to rescue a horse from a watery ditch.

Fire crews tweeted about a horse getting stuck in the silt of a watery ditch in Dogsthorpe. PHOTO: C

Fire crews tweeted about a horse getting stuck in the silt of a watery ditch in Dogsthorpe. PHOTO: Cambs Fire and Rescue - Credit: Archant

Police say every year emergency services get called to incidents of bathers getting into serious trouble in rivers, lakes and canals in Fenland.

Yesterday (July 5), fire crews tweeted about a horse getting stuck in the silt of a watery ditch in Dogsthorpe.

Cambs Fire and Rescue tweeted: “It’s not just humans that need to remember their #watersafety!

“Crews from Dogsthorpe were called to rescue a horse with its legs stuck in the silt of a watery ditch. Fortunately they were able to free the horse and give it a much needed hose down! #NotJustFires”


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Policing March and Chatteris were also updating their social media on the dangers of swimming in open water during the heatwave.

The post on the Policing March and Chatteris page, said: “Its hot weather, I get it! The water looks like a good way of cooling off, having a laugh with mates – ‘where’s the harm?’

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“The hazards are well documented, even the strongest swimmers get into trouble because of hidden objects, unpredictable currents and cramp.... the list goes on.

“Do not be the one whose parents we have to visit with the worse message a parent can receive.

“Stay safe this summer and enjoy yourselves.”

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