Beware of the frozen water

HUMBERSIDE Fire and Rescue Service is urging dog owners to take extra care around frozen water, following several incidents where dogs have slipped through the ice.

Daryl Oprey, head of safety at the service, said: “If you are a dog owner, I cannot urge you enough to keep your dog on a lead when walking them in areas where there are ponds or lakes.

“No matter how thick the ice may appear to be, this is usually not the case as it is only the very top surface of the water that has frozen.

“When the temperature gradually rises, frozen areas begin to thaw which creates weak spots in the ice and this is when accidents happen.

“We have attended incidents in the past where dog owners have tried to rescue their pets but put their own lives at risk.

“If your dog gets into difficulty on frozen water, never attempt to go after it, call 999 and ask for the Fire Service.”

This winter, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service has already responded to a number of calls involving dogs getting trapped under ice on frozen lakes.