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Mud rescue training took place today in 'the basin' alongside the River Humber in Hull near Victoria Pier. Crews rescued a 'casualty' stuck up to their waist in mud using specialist sleds and lances.

This training comes just days after Hull crews attended an incident in the River Hull when a man was rescued from mud near to the Arctic Corsair. Crews are often seen honing their skills in this area - sadly it will only be a matter of time before that training comes into its own.

Drowning in the UK is one of the leading causes of accidental death. Each year more than 300 people drown after tripping, falling or just by underestimating the risks associated with being near water. Many more people are left with life changing injuries in water related incidents.

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service is raising awareness of the risks so people can enjoy the water safely and not end up as one of these shocking statistics. Beer mats with water safety messages have been circulated around venues in Hull's Fruit Market and Princes Quay areas to raise awareness of the dangers.

Photo: Hosing down the crews, kit and equipment is an essential part of the day! Back to the drying room and ready for the real thing!

HFRS Public Safety Group Manager Steve Duffield outlined some areas of concern within the Humberside area:

"Any open water can be deadly, especially at this time of year when the water temperature is so low. In this region however, the banks of the River Humber, The Barge area of Grimsby, Hull Marina and the muddy River Hull make up the majority of our call-outs. Cold water shock can kill within a few minutes, so I would urge the public to call 999 and to never enter the water themselves to try and save others - it often makes matters worse.

"With the summer holidays about to begin and festivals taking place, I would urge those drinking alcohol in our town centres, often at the water's edge, to be especially careful themselves and call for help if others get into difficulty."

[Pictured are Hull Central and East Hull White Watch outside The Minerva - thanks for the quick refreshments!]

Safety advice

• If you are going for a walk or run near water, stick to proper pathways and stay clear of the water's edge
• Make sure conditions are safe, avoid walking or running near water in the dark, slippery conditions or in bad weather
• If you've had alcohol, don't enter the water, avoid walking alone and avoid routes near water
• Never enter the water to try and help a person or animal - always call 999 and use any water rescue equipment if it is available
• If you are spending time near water - whether at home or abroad - make sure you are familiar with local safety information