Firefighters have reminded the public about the dangers of swimming in open water after a rescue operation on Preston Dock during Sunday.Advertisement
A skinny-dipper got into difficulty in the Docks after going for a paddle.
Fire crews had to launch a rescue mission to haul him out of the water.
A spokesman for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said: “The tragic events of James Goodship who lost his life at Foulridge Reservoir should serve as a reminder to the public to never swim in open water.
“Places like Preston Dock have unseen currents and are extremely deep. Signs are there for a reason. Don’t swim there.”
Watch this video from the fire service highlights the dangers
James drowned, I nearly did… from LancashireFRS on Vimeo.
Onlookers watched as the fire crews brought the man to safety around 3pm on Sunday (August 7).
An eyewitness said: “At one point the fire boat capsized and the swimmer had to help the firefighter back on board.”