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Girls stranded on island in lake

People in North Yorkshire are being warned about the dangers of open water after two girls were rescued from an island in the middle of a lake.

The girls, aged 13 and 17, were left stranded on Monday after they were taken out by two boys in a dinghy.

Fire crews from the service's water rescue unit rescued them from the lake in the Hopper Hill area of Scarborough. The fire service said it had rescued more than 40 people from water since last April.

Marc Warren, station manager for Scarborough, said: "The girls we rescued had a lucky escape and thankfully took the right action by calling us rather than trying to swim to shore.

"The main reason for accidents in the water is that bathers just don't realise the dangers associated with water, or the risks they are taking when they enter water that isn't designed for swimmers."

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