MULTPLE emergency services were called out after reports of persons in water in South Lakes.

At around 6.30am today police, an air ambulance, fire crews, mountain rescue teams and other rescue services were all called to attend an incident on the river Kent near Levens.

Five fire engines were mobilised and crews used Swiftwater rescue equipment to perform a search and rescue operation.

Firefighters were in attendance for around four hours.

Both Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team and Kendal Mountain Rescue Team were also called out.

A spokesperson from Kendal Mountain Rescue Team said: “Due to the nature of the incident we received assistance from both Duddon and Furness MRT and the Cave Rescue Organisation who each provided five additional SRT trained personnel.

“All three emergency services were in attendance along with MCA support and Bay Rescue.

“Teams were stood down after searches were conducted along the riverbanks and the estuary.”

The Mail has contacted Cumbria Police but have not yet provided an update.