Warning issued after water rescue in South Yorkshire

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Fire chiefs in South Yorkshire have issued a safety warning after a woman got into difficulty while rescuing her dog from a frozen lake.

She was pulled from the frozen lake at Rother Valley Country Park in Rotherham by firefighters on a training exercise nearby on Monday afternoon.

A fire service spokesman said: “The woman was pulled out of the water by firefighters.

“She was close to exhaustion and was wrapped in a survival blanket until an ambulance arrived.

“The incident highlights the dangers of walking on frozen lakes and waterways.

“Dog owners must be especially careful around frozen water and not throw sticks or balls onto ice. Should a dog go onto the ice and get into difficulty, owners are urged not to attempt a rescue as dogs will normally find their own way off the ice.

“Tips for staying safe near open water include staying off any frozen water as the ice is often thinner than you think.”