EMERGENCY service personnel attended an incident where a man jumped from Jubilee Bridge.

On the evening of July 24, 36 members of NWAS, Furness Coastguard & Barrow Lifeboat RNLI and the Police attended the scene where a male leapt from the bridge into the channel.

It is believed that the diver and another person involved were unharmed and were jumping from the bridge presumably for entertainment.

Whilst searching the shore and the channel, the emergency services discovered two other males swimming from Walney Promenade to Barrow Channelside.

They were found approximately 200 metres north of the bridge.

The divers all fled before they could be spoken to by the rescuers over their actions.

The other individuals exited the water by Channelside Haven adjacent to the boat club and fled.

Station Manager for CFRS Paul Milburn commented on the incident and warned of the dangers of leaping from bridges in the area.

He said: “Jumping from any bridge is incredibly irresponsible and dangerous which could result in life long consequences or even death. These two concurrent incidents last night attracted many emergency services personnel from Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service, Cumbria Constabulary, North West Ambulance Service, the Coastguard and RNLI to carry out a joint rescue operation.

“Luckily, all four males self-rescued and ran from the scene prior to us being able to provide water safety advise.

“There have been more than 25 lives lost in open water this week alone in the UK with two being in Cumbria. We have also attended a number of serious waters related rescues recently which have resulted in life changing injuries to those involved.

“Cumbria is surrounded by coastal water and many lakes, waters and reservoirs which pose a hazard if not respected.

“The hot weather we have experienced recently has attracted more people to enter the water, this can lead to cold water shock and can result in drowning.

“If entering water, be sure you understand your swimming capability and the potential dangers and always wear a buoyancy aid. We want everyone to enjoy the weather and our Lake District in a safe manner and return home safely.”