London Fire Brigade

Fire chiefs issue warning after spate of rescues

10 February 2012

Fire chiefs have today issued a warning for people to keep themselves and their pets away from frozen lakes, rivers and ponds after firefighters were called to a spate of rescues over the last week.

In the last ten days, firefighters in the capital have rescued four family pets and a person after they had fallen into water. With the icy conditions set to continue into the weekend, when more people will be outdoors, the public are being urged to take extra care. Dog owners should keep their pets on a lead when they are near icy water and the public should stay well clear of frozen lakes, rivers or ponds.

Just this morning, firefighters were called to rescue a dog that had fallen through the ice on a pond in Wanstead Park, east London. A fire crew was on the scene within minutes and used specialist equipment to rescue the dog.

Dave Brown, Assistant Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade, said:

“As temperatures have dropped over the last week, we’ve been called to a spate of rescues where animals or people have fallen through the ice. People should never risk going on frozen water and they should keep their pets well clear.

“In these kinds of cold temperatures, people can also go to extreme lengths to keep themselves warm at home. So, we’d also urge people to be extra careful when they are using heaters or electric blankets at home.”