Firefighters rescue boy from ice-covered pool
Just after 2.30pm today (22.1.13) we were called to Sutton Park - the area near Bracebridge Pool boathouse - where a boy believed to be aged 15 had apparently tried to walk on the ice and fallen into the water. He’d managed to get out of the pool, on to an island about 30 metres from the shore, but was suffering from the cold.
We deployed fire crews from Sutton Coldfield, Erdington and Perry Barr, and a water support team, who liaised with colleagues including park rangers, the police and ambulance service.
Our crews were able to rescue the boy, using specialist rescue kit including an inflatable raft. He was then taken to hospital.
A spokesman for West Midlands Fire Service said: “This incident is a very timely reminder about the need for us all to stay safe and sensible in these very cold weather conditions.
“As sturdy as it might look, there is no way of knowing the thickness of ice on pools, lakes and other waterways. Please stay off it, and make sure that any children you know are aware of the dangers.
“People who put themselves at risk by venturing on to ice also endanger the lives of anyone who might have to rescue them.
“We’re also urging dog owners to keep them on leads, so that they and their pets don’t get into difficulties.”
Issued by Neil Spencer, Senior Media Relations Officer, West Midlands Fire Service, tel 0121 380 6101. Regular updates on incidents and other WMFS activities can be found on the media voicebank, tel 0871 550 0056. On Twitter we’re @WestMidsFire.