Cold weather warning

A PARAMEDIC is urging people to be aware of the dangers of frozen water to help prevent a tragedy.

Peter Lewin, EMAS Hazardous Area Response Team paramedic, is trained to respond to medical emergencies in a hazardous situation.

He said: “Every year someone loses their life and there are many more near misses after people have ventured out onto a frozen pond or lake to play or save a pet dog which has got into difficulty.

“We are already experiencing freezing temperatures and forecasters have warned us they will drop even lower in the East Midlands.

“This may result in frozen ponds or lakes. Ice-related drowning is easily preventable and I urge parents to talk to their children about the dangers of playing on frozen water, and pet owners to keep their dogs on a lead.”