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Stay away from frozen water in Milton Keynes.
That’s the message from Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue service who say two dogs died in separate incidents over the weekend after falling into water.
The first dog died shortly after being rescued from Tongwell Lake on Saturday. While the other died after falling into the River Ouse where it passes under the A5D near Wolverton Mill.
Terry Ridgley, Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service’s community safety manager, said: “Local parks and open spaces under a blanket of snow make a wonderful setting for a winter walk or some outdoor fun.
“But there are extra hazards to look out for at this time of year. It’s easy to lose your footing and slip into a lake, river or canal.
“We are urging people to keep their dogs under control near frozen waterways to avoid further tragedies.”
He added that people should not attempt rescues themselves.
“Rescues of this kind are by no means easy for firefighters, who are properly trained and equipped to deal with them.
“A well-meaning person who ‘has a go’ could end up in serious difficulties.”
Last year, crews in Milton Keynes pulled a woman to safety using rescue lines and inflated hoses after she fell into a lake while trying to rescue her dog.