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Warning over dangers of open water after firefighters rescue teenager in Handsacre

People are being urged to take extra care around water after a teenager was rescued by firefighters in Handsacre.

Crews from Lichfield, Rugeley and Tamworth were called to the incident at 1.20pm on Saturday (27th April) after reports of a person unconscious in the water.

He was pulled from the water by firefighters before being treated by ambulance staff.

Glynn Luznyj, from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We believe in this case that alcohol was involved which is often the case for water rescue incidents.

“It is incredibly dangerous to go near any open water when you are intoxicated which is why we advise people to avoid walking home near water and always grab a taxi if possible.

“Alcohol affects yours balance and awareness making it incredibly easy for people to fall into the water and incredibly difficult to get out again.

“Fortunately this teenager is believed to be doing well but this incident could have had extremely tragic results. The prevent team are continuing to work and support him for the foreseeable future.”

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