Firefighters in Carlisle have urged people to understand the risks of open water swimming as they were called out to reports of two young children in distress in the River Eden.
Carlisle East fire station was called out to the river near to Carlisle Cricket Club.
After a short search, supported by police, the children were located out of the water.
They were described as “okay, albeit a little shaken up” by firefighters.
Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service has been raising awareness of the dangers of open water swimming across the county in the last three months. They say their #BeWaterAware campaign will continue into the summer months as we approach the school holidays.
“As a service we have given virtual talks to thousands of school children, made safety videos of the do and don’ts and much more,” a spokesman for Carlisle East fire station said.
“We know children play in rivers, jump off weirs and bridges, some will continue no matter of the dangers.
“We are trying educate everybody so they know and understand the dangers of open water and what they can do if they or someone they’re with get into difficulty.
“We have been and will continue to engage with people in areas that are known hotspots for water incidents that we attend. Please search #BeWaterAware where lots more information and advice can be found.”