EMERGENCY services have relaunched a sign system which will help them find those in trouble on the River Dee in Cheshire.
More than 25 signs have been erected at intervals along the river bank which will help the emergency services locate those who need their help.
The signs are a gold circle on a red background with a letter, to indicate the side of the river they are on, L for left hand side and R for right hand side. They also show a number which refers to the exact location.
Diane Holsgrove, Cheshire County Council assistant civil protection officer, said: “The idea of the signage is to assist the emergency services when responding to an incident on the River Dee and is especially useful in remote areas of the river where there is little means of identification.
“People on the river need to be aware of the signs and be able to look for them when they see somebody in trouble. If they can give details of the signs to the operator in the emergency control room, it is much easier for the emergency services to find them and get to them quickly.”
The Cheshire Police, Fire and North West Ambulance controls all have a copy of the River Dee response plan, so by using the signs they can locate those in trouble.
The fire service has their own boat, which they deploy during an emergency, and the crew is trained for water rescues.
Crew manager Steve Hughes said: “The signs are also useful as they can tell us which launch site is best to use for the boat.”