FIRE crews rescued two boys from the River Colne in West Drayton.

They used water rescue equipment to assist an 11 year-old boy and another aged 15 from the water.

Both were taken to hospital by ambulance. A man managed to escape the water before the brigade arrived and declined medical treatment.

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “The best thing you can do if you see someone in difficulty in the water is to call 999. Try to give an exact location about where you are and keep your eyes on the last spot you saw them.

"If you go into the water to rescue people, pets or belongings, you could be putting yourself at risk as well.”

The brigade was called last week at 6.39pm and were there for two hours. Fire engines from Heathrow and Hayes and fire-rescue units from Wembley, Bethnal Green and surrounding stations also attended.