EMERGENCY SERVICES rushed to reports of a man struggling to swim in open water and have again issued a warning against the activity.

Fire, police and ambulance crews responded to reports of a person in the water at Curley's Fishery in Horwich.

Curley's Fishery is a six-acre lake, usually for fly fishing, with another small pond in the area.

Both Bolton North and Horwich fire crews attended the incident, along with a technical rescue unit and a rescue boat.

By the time the emergency services arrived at around 7.15pm, the man had got himself out of the water.

The watch manager at Bolton North Fire Station issued a warning against open water swimming, saying: "Do not go swimming in open water because of the dangers.

"At this time of the year, when it's warmer, people are tempted especially when they have been drinking.

"People need to understand that it can be fatal. A girl in Bury just lost her life in open water."