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Huge search for children 'seen in Cornish river'

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8:50am 18th June 2017
(Updated 8:50am 18th June 2017)

Reports of children spotted under a bridge in a river have scrambled rescuers from across Cornwall.

Firefighters from Wadebridge say crews were scouring the Camel on Friday afternoon, but found nothing.

Teams gave water safety advice to three youngsters spotted further down the river.

However, they are not to believed to be the children in question.

Posting on Facebook, a spokesperson from Wadebridge Community Fire Station said: "Crews from across the county were mobilised to reports of two children under a bridge in the River Camel.

"The crew quickly scouted all bridges in the area and found nothing.

"Three children were found further down the river, not matching the description of the children in question.

"They were declared to be safe and water safety advice was given".

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On its website, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service states: "In 2015, there were 321 recorded accidental deaths from drowning in the UK. Of the 50 who lost their lives in the South West 20% did so in Cornwall, the fourth highest of any county in England".

Advice on open water swimming:

Open water swimming is an increasingly popular sport and a great way for adults to keep fit whilst enjoying nature. Taking sensible precautions will enhance your safety:

  • Swimming in a group or better still at an organised event is a safer way of starting open water swimming, never swim alone.
  • Start slowly, build up strength and experience gradually. You will develop some resistance to cold water but cold shock always remains a danger, get out before you get cold and make sure you have warm clothes to put on.
  • Never swim in canals, locks or urban rivers; flowing water can be extremely powerful and levels can rise several feet in minutes even if it is not raining where you are. Moving water will rob you of heat 250 times more quickly than still water.
  • Do not jump in, you never know what might be hidden just below the surface, if the water is very cold sudden immersion can cause a gasp reflex causing you to inhale water on contact.
  • Wear a brightly coloured swim hat and consider a safety buoy (pictured right) to make yourself more visible.
  • Always consider your exit point, and any emergency exits, before you get in the water.

Read more advice on water safety or watch the dangers of cold water shock...

8:50am 18th June 2017

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