Emergency services were called out this afternoon to Wastwater, where three individuals had got into difficulties after their boat overturned.
Heavy traffic, with cars inconsiderately parked along narrow roads, initially hampered rescue efforts.
Fortunately, the three managed to get out of the water and were found to be OK after the arrival of Paramedics.
A spokesperson from Cumbria Police said: "Vehicles struggled to get to the location due to abandoned vehicles and inconsiderate parking.
"If you can't park your vehicle in a location that will not cause an obstruction then please look elsewhere for a space.
"Be mindful when parking vehicles to ensure there is space for emergency services vehicles to attend."