The colder it gets the more dangerous Cambridgeshire’s waterways become is the message from fire crews who have been busy practising water rescue techniques ahead of the winter.
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service has been carrying out water safety education across the county since the start of the summer as part of its #RememberRony campaign which highlights the dangers of open water.
The campaign is in memory of Huntingdon teenager Rony John, who drowned after jumping into the River Ouse in July 2014, and is backed by his family.
As part of the campaign the fire service pledged to deliver water safety education to every school in the county in a drive to raise awareness and educate young people about the hazards of swimming and playing in open water such as rivers and lakes.
Following on from the campaign fire crews still want the public to remember the dangers of open water over the coming autumn and winter months.
Watch Commander Greg Brown said: “Although the sun and its warmth may be disappearing from our sky as the nights draw in, crews across the county are very aware that people may still need rescuing from water, which is why we train all year round.”
In the past five years there have been 16 deaths in Cambridgeshire’s waterways at water rescue incidents attended by the fire service. At the 81 water rescues the service attended during that time, a further 32 people were rescued by fire crews amd escaped injury.