FIRE chiefs have warned folk to keep out of public waterways after a man trying to save his dogs in Pennington Flash had to be rescued himself.
The 34-year-old waded into water at the Leigh country park after his pets failed to come ashore.
Crews from Leigh and Eccles fire stations were called at around 8.45pm on Thursday when the man became trapped. He told them he believed his dogs had swum out to a small island, so he tried to go after them but became stuck on an embankment and was unable to find his way back to safety as darkness fell. Firefighters waded out to him, put him in a life jacket and brought him and both dogs to safety. He was checked over by paramedics but declined hospital treatment.
Chairman of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Coun David Acton said: “Dog walkers need to be careful – our advice is to never go into water to attempt a rescue. This man was incredibly fortunate to be rescued. Things could have been so much worse. Water is often a lot colder than you expect and can impact on your physical capabilities.
“We don’t want any more dog owners to get into difficulty around water as spring approaches so we would also advise owners to keep dogs on a lead to limit the risk.”