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Warning following Wolverley water rescue

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) are warning people to take extra care near icy water after two males were rescued from marshland in Wolverley, near Kidderminster, in the early hours of this morning (Wednesday 22 December).

The initial call came through shortly before midnight on Tuesday 21 December reporting that two males were stuck waist-height in water in marshland off Mill Lane.

Two fire appliances from Kidderminster attended along with the water rescue craft from Worcester, and the two males were rescued by fire service personnel using throw lines. The males, who were both extremely cold, were taken to hospital but are not believed to have suffered any long term ill effects.

Station Manager Grant Wills from HWFRS explained: "This route is used regularly by locals as a cut through, but we are urging people to avoid using it while the snowy conditions continue, particularly once darkness falls, as it's very difficult to pick out the footpath. The dangers of icy water cannot be under-estimated and these two males were lucky to have been brought to safety so quickly."

With the cold weather set to continue into the Christmas period, he urged everyone to be extra cautious around water, encouraging people to keep their children and their dogs well away from frozen water.