River Uck Rescue Prompts Water Warning

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is reminding people to be “water aware” following a rescue in Uckfield.

The Service was called at 9:50am on Sunday 2 December 2018 to reports of a woman who was in the river Uck, near the Uckfield Rugby Club.

The female was reported to have entered the water after her dogs.

Water safety equipment was used to reach them. They were left in the care of the ambulance.

A  spokesperson said

“Following the successful rescue from the river Uck, ESFRS would like to remind everyone of the dangers of being in or near water. Water temperatures are dropping rapidly now and, hypothermia is a very real danger to anyone not wearing the appropriate clothing.

Another real issue are the unseen dangers that lay beneath the water’s surface that are not readily visible. With the murky consistency of the Uck you cannot see objects in the water and it is difficult to work out how fast the water is flowing.

We strongly advise to avoid entering the water to rescue your pets and that if you come across a person in danger, in or near a body of water, dial 999 immediately with as much information as to the exact location as possible and please remember the Shout, Reach, Throw principle to assist the person in trouble but keep yourself safe.”

Further information can be found here.

The Live Webcam of the River Uck near can be viewed on the Uckfield FM website here.


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