Warning sounded over the dangers of Melton rivers

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A warning for adults and children to not endanger themselves by entering rivers has been reissued by Melton firefighters after they came to the aid of a pensioner who got stuck while trying to rescue his dog.

The 68-year-old man was eventually freed by members of a town crew hauling him out of the river bordering Egerton Park after his wife raised the alarm.

Crew manager Scott Smith, who was the commander on that incident, said: “The man was waist deep and stuck due to the silt at the bottom of the river - he had gone in after his dog got stuck in the reeds.

“The fire service cannot over-emphasise the dangers of people thinking of going in the town’s rivers or lakes because they will experience sudden drops in temperatures and there might also be uneven depths and unseen objects and currents.”

The man, who had been in the water for around half-an-hour, was treated for shock by ambulance staff and his wife sustained cuts when she attempted to rescue him. The dog escaped unharmed.

Mr Smith added: “We often see kids messing about in lakes and rivers around Melton and we launched a campaign earlier in the summer to warn people about the dangers.

“We know it’s tempting to go in after your dog if it has got into a river but nine out of 10 times they get out themselves and our advice is that people should call the fire brigade rather than going in themselves.”