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Water warning following deaths in quarry

05/06/2013

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging young people not to swim in unauthorised waters after a teenage boy and a man died in a disused quarry.

“I would urge parents to warn their children of the risks of playing in water, particularly as the summer is now upon us, and to tell them that under no circumstance should they swim in ponds, lakes, rivers or other areas of unsupervised water. This advice could save their lives.”

Head of Risk Reduction Glynn Luznyj

The tragedy happened in County Down, Northern Ireland, on Sunday while the 15-year-old was swimming in the quarry. It is thought the youngster got into difficulties and a friend ran to get help.

A man is understood to have jumped into the water in an attempt to rescue the teenager, but both died.

Head of Risk Reduction Glynn Luznyj said: “This tragic incident has claimed the lives of a young man who was enjoying a swim in the sunshine and the person who bravely tried to save his life.

“While it is understandable that young people may be tempted to take a dip in the water when the weather is warm, they must also remember the significant danger they are putting themselves in by doing so. Even if they consider themselves to be strong swimmers, they need to be aware that underwater currents, debris and cold water temperatures can easily result in difficulties, which all too often, lead to drowning.

“I would urge parents to warn their children of the risks of playing in water, particularly as the summer is now upon us, and to tell them that under no circumstance should they swim in ponds, lakes, rivers or other areas of unsupervised water. This advice could save their lives.”

For more information on water safety visit www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk