Nottinghamshire police and firefighters have warned of the dangers of playing on frozen water after rescuing two “incredibly lucky” girls who got trapped on a frozen part of the River Trent in Nottingham on February 13.
The 11-year-old girls had walked over the frozen part of the river. One girl fell through the ice, and the other “made it to an island but was stranded with no way back over the broken ice,” police said.
A passer-by reported the incident, to which police, fire and ambulance crews responded.
“If it hadn’t been for this person raising the alarm there could have been tragic consequences. It was getting dark at the time and was freezing cold. They are incredibly lucky this person saw them,” Chief Inspector Duncan Southall, of Nottinghamshire Police, said. “I hope this serves as a stark reminder to others that it is not safe to play on the ice as it can easily crack and put people in great danger. Icy water can be incredibly dangerous.”
The girls were left “unharmed but extremely cold,” police said. Credit: Notts Police via Storyful