Dog owners reminded not to enter the water after woman is rescued in Biggleswade 

 
The Fire and Rescue Service are asking dog owners to follow this safety advice if they are walking near water:

 

·         Avoid throwing sticks or balls near the water for dogs - they will go after it if they think you want it back even if you've thrown it too far or into dangerous water

·         Never enter the water to try and save a dog - the dog usually manages to scramble out but you put yourself in danger

·         Even dogs that like swimming can usually only swim for short bursts - keep an eye of your dog and don't let it enter the water if it's older or tired

·         If your dog loves the water keep it on a lead and make sure you have control to prevent it jumping into hazardous or unsafe areas

·         Remember the wet riverbanks, steep edges or jagged rocks can make it hard for a dog to scramble out and be a slip risk for owners

·         Don't lean into water and try and lift your dog out - you can topple in

·         Dogs can have cold water shock too

·         If your dog has struggled in the water it may have inhaled water and should see a vet as dogs can drown after the event if water has entered their lungs

·         If you see someone in trouble in the water call 999 for our assistance