Be extra careful during icy weather
COASTGUARDS in North Somerset are warning people to be extra careful during the icy weather.
With sub-zero temperatures, some lakes and ponds can freeze, making them inviting for skating.
Over the past years there have been many reports of people venturing out onto frozen lakes and ponds, thinking they are safe, only for their adventure to end in tragic circumstances.
Coastal pathways can also become treacherous in snow and ice.
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Clevedon Coastguard Station Officer, Andy Hughes, said: "We would remind people never to attempt to walk on frozen ponds or lakes.
"The ice is never as thick as you think it may be. If the ice does break and a person goes into the water the survival rates are much shorter in such cold weather.
"We often hear of people going onto icy lakes to rescue their dogs. The dogs often make it back themselves, but sometimes those who go to rescue them don't. People also need to be careful when walking along areas including the coastal path which is uneven in places and can become extremely slippery as the temperatures plummet. We would also advise people who may be out sledging to make sure they know the location well and are able to stop the sledge at any time if necessary."
Anyone who sees someone in trouble should ring 999 immediately.