Two girls, 11, fall through ice and get trapped after walking on frozen river

Two 11-year-old girls were rescued after falling through ice while walking on a river which had frozen over.

One of the young girls was pulled from the freezing-cold water in the River Trent in Holgate on Saturday.

The girl made it to an island but was left stranded with no way back to safety.

Drone footage of the incident shows the youngsters being rescued, and police are highlighting the dangers of crossing icy lakes or rivers.

Fire crews were dispatched to the scene after a bystander spotted the girls.

The first child was able to be supported in walking out the water as she was closer to the edge.

However, the second girl had to be saved by fire crews, who used an inflatable pathway to get back to land.

The children were extremely cold but luckily unharmed after their ordeal.

David Stevenson, group manager at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We have seen a number of people playing on frozen water over the past few days and we want to reiterate how dangerous this is.

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“Running, walking or playing on frozen water can pose a huge risk of life. The ice may appear thicker than it is, and can end in a serious incident."

Chief Inspector Duncan Southall, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "The girls are extremely lucky to have been unharmed, particularly as one of them had fallen into the water through the ice.

"The other girl managed to make it to an island in the middle of the water but was then stuck there.

"Luckily a passer-by saw them in difficulty and called the emergency services. If it hadn't been for this person raising the alarm there could have been tragic consequences. It was getting dark at the time and was freezing cold. They are incredibly lucky this person saw them.

Royal Life Saving Society advises to teach children not to go on the ice under any circumstance, and to not venture in to save a pet that has fallen in, instead move to somewhere your dog can climb out to follow you.

They also suggest to keep pets on leads, stay in well-lit areas and keep back from the edge.

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