Quarry tragedy sparks new alert

Police and rescue services at East Quarry, Appley Bridge
Police and rescue services at East Quarry, Appley Bridge

FRESH warnings have been issued for youngsters to stay away from open water following the tragic drowning of Miracle Godson.

Just days after the 13-year-old died in East Quarry, Appley Bridge, fire services across the region launched their annual campaign to spread the message that going into cold, deep waters such as quarries, canals and rivers, are a danger and can - in the most severe cases - cost lives.

Miracle Godson, who drowned in Appley Bridge Quarry

Miracle Godson, who drowned in Appley Bridge Quarry

The Chief Fire Officers Association launched its annual Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Week this week to ensure more people are aware of the risks and statistics associated with fatalities in water in the UK to help prevent drowning incidents.

Wigan borough manager Steve Sheridan said: “Our firefighters and staff do an awful lot of work with young people across Wigan to inform them about the dangers of swimming in open water. We would also like to get a message out to parents to keep an eye on their children during the school holidays to make sure they are not playing in open water.

“Water can look very inviting on a hot day, but a refreshing dip can easily turn into a terrible tragedy.

“The open water is cold all year round and could send your body into shock making it hard to breathe let alone stay above the water. If you continue to swim in cold water the strength of your muscles can fall by almost 25 per cent, making it harder and harder to move. If the cold doesn’t kill you, you could be caught in hidden debris or dragged under by currents – the only way to stay safe is to stay out of the water.”

Our firefighters and staff do an awful lot of work with young people across Wigan to inform them about the dangers of swimming in open water

Steve Sheridan

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service is also working with schools using its educational pack Dying for a Dip with two videos highlighting the devastating impact of swimming in open water.