A young wild swimmer sparked a major rescue operation this Friday.
A passer-by saw him swimming in fast flowing water in the River Kennet (Reading) and called the emergency services. The rescue was called off at the last minute after firefighters discovered he had jumped in for a dip.
Crews from Caversham Road, Dee Road, Wokingham Road and the brigade’s control unit went to Fobney Street after a concerned passer-by noticed him in the water near Loch Fyne restaurant at 2.30pm.
But the 10-year-old had climbed out by the time they arrived and the lone youngster – who was wearing a wetsuit – insisted he had intended to go swimming. Even so the police took him home.
Wokingham Road station watch manager Phil Holdford said: “Obviously we take every water incident we are called to seriously, but in this case we remind people not to attempt swimming when water levels are high.”
I feel sure that this swim will be long remembered.
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