Firefighter urges caution after spike in ice, mud and riverbank rescues

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Firefighters are having to rescue more people stuck in mud, ice or falling down crumbling river banks as they venture into 'unknown' areas to exercise.

Some walkers and runners have found themselves in what have been described as "dangerous situations" after sinking into mud or falling through ice.

Nottingham firefighter of 27 years, Bryn Coleman, believes the current closure of leisure facilities such as gyms has meant people have travelled further to exercise.

They have then found themselves in difficulty, and due to their remote location, have struggled to inform emergency services where they are.

Mr Coleman, head of prevention, protection and fire investigations for Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, said there had been some dramatic rescues over the last few weeks.

He said: "I think there has been an increase and we have had more of these incidents.

"There are less leisure facilities open and they are exploring further

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