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Nine-Year-Old Kai Lambe Drowns in River Doveweir on river Dove

A nine-year-old boy who died after falling into the River Dove in Staffordshire has been named by police as Kai Lambe from Hatton, Derbyshire. He slipped into a weir near Tutbury Mill at about 18:00 BST on Friday. The fire and ambulance services were called shortly afterwards and he was pulled from the water, but died at Queen’s Hospital in Burton-upon-Trent. His family said: “We are heartbroken and devastated at the loss of our vibrant, happy, bubbly little man”. Kai, known as “Ginge”, had an older brother and sister. In a statement issued by police, Kai’s family called him “our ray of sunshine who brightened up the darkest day. “He was always out and about, whether it was fishing, taking his beloved dogs for a walk with his dad or just in the village. “He would smile and put his thumb up to everyone.” Kai’s death is not being treated as suspicious. *** FRIENDS and family of tragic schoolboy Kai Lambe held a lantern tributeon the 24th of August to the Hatton nine-year-old. Kai died in hospital after falling into a weir on the River Dove at Tutbury on Friday. His family and neighbours in Hatton decided launching flying lanterns into the night sky would be a fitting tribute. The lanterns and orange balloons were released into the sky at the spot where he fell and floating tealights were lit on the water. Organiser Sophie Sanders said: “I wanted to get all of us together in memory of Kai.” More details: www.watersafetymap.co.uk/map/details/219 “Weir on River Dove, Staffordshire” by www.flickr.com/photos/paul_blakeman, license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0

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Passer-by Saves 4 Year Old from Drowning in SwanseaSwansea Kilvey Hill

A passer-by who saved a four-year-old boy from drowning said he feared they would die in the rescue. Mark Hopkins, 50, from Port Tennant, jumped fully clothed into the Old Prince of Wales dock, Swansea Marina, when the child plunged 6ft (1.8m) into the freezing water. He said the terrified boy pulled him under the water three or four times, and the temperature sapped his energy. Fortunately, an onlooker threw them a life ring and pulled them to safety. The incident happened at around 17:00 BST on Saturday. Mr Hopkins, a chef, said he was about to have a meal at a pub on the waterfront when he heard the boy’s mother screaming: “I could see the boy two feet under the water, I dropped my mobile phone and just dived in.” “I cannot watch a kid drown, you’ve got to do something.” Mr Hopkins’ heroics weren’t without reward however. Swansea City FC granted the St Thomas man a ticket to a game and some fine dining beforehand. A three course meal  was made available for Hopkins and his family and he was taken aback by the gesture. “It’s fantastic”, he said. “But I don’t feel like a hero. To me it’s normal — if you see a kid in trouble — I wasn’t going to stand around. You have got to help. I’m no hero, I was just the first man on the scene.” More details: www.watersafetymap.co.uk/map/details/218 “Swansea Kilvey Hill” by www.flickr.com/photos/gwallter, license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0 – 19/08/2014

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Toddler Saved From Drowning on Anglesey Beachaberffraw beach

The quick thinking of two Anglesey men helped to save a two year old girl from drowning on the beach in Aberffraw. Angela Whittingham, who was on holiday with her parents, had to be given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation after she had been spotted struggling going under. Eric Roberts was one of two men who helped to save the young girl’s life and her family have been full of praise for the pair. A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 3.54pm yesterday, Sunday July 20, to the beach in Aberffraw after a child had been recovered from the water. “A crew in an emergency ambulance attended together with a Wales Air Ambulance, and a two-year-old girl was airlifted to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor in a stable condition.” Mr Whittingham, father of Angela, said: “It was like watching a movie. I was numb. She was taken to A&E and needed oxygen. It was only when they moved her to the ward that she regurgitated the last of the sea water. “I can’t thank Eric and Oswyn enough. They’ve saved my daughter’s life and given me the ultimate gift.” Mr Roberts, of Aberffraw , said: “I could see a little girl in the water, and she seemed to be swimming. I then realised she was struggling and was going under. I jumped from the jet ski and into the water. Her lips and her skin had turned blue. I lifted her straight out of the water, turned her upside down and hit her on the back. “Lots of water came out of her mouth and there was froth coming out of her mouth and nose. She had swallowed a lot of water and I thought we’d lost her.” It was thanks to this act that young Angela is with us today. … Continue reading

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Young Body Boarder Saved By RNLIRNLI

A youngster cried out after he was dragged out by powerful currents while body boarding off Crooklets beach in Bude, Cornwall. RNLI lifeguard Joby Wolfenden-Brown heard him from the shore and paddled out on his rescue board to grab him before he was pulled under the water. The dramatic rescue on Tuesday was captured by camera mounted to Job’s safety helmet. The one and a half minute clip shows the exhausted boy clinging to the rescue board while Joby pulls him back to the safety of the beach to be reunited with his family. Chris Wafer, RNLI lifeguard supervisor, said: “If you’re stuck in a rip current do not panic or swim against the current, keep hold of your flotation device and raise your arm and signal for help. “If you see somebody in trouble call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. “Rip currents can be very dangerous so it’s best to swim or bodyboard between the red and yellow flags on an RNLI lifeguarded beach.” More Details: www.watersafetymap.co.uk/map/details/216

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Fourth Boy Drowns within the Space of a Week during National HeatwaveDrowning UK

Four young males have all died over the past week in the United Kingdom in a spate of drownings all over the country. It has led to widespread calls to raise awareness for water safety for all youngsters. Arran Cooper, 10, was found face down in a river in Scotland on the 22nd of July after he had wandered off from his parents on a family holiday. The tragic youngster had gone exploring while his parents set up tents and could not be saved by doctors. On the same day, Kyrece Frances, 13, drowned in the River Thames and his body was eventually found in the village of Bourne End. He was reportedly trying to fetch a ball that had fallen in the water. Friends who were at the scene when the tragedy happened wrote on social media that before he disappeared beneath the surface for the last time, Kyrece shouted to his pals: ‘I love you all.’ Conor McColl, 16, drowned on the 24th of July after going missing in a quarry in Clophill. The fire service had rescued two other teenage boys from an island in the lake on Thursday. Conor’s body was found at 13:20 BST on Friday. Police said he got into difficulties and went under the water. On the 25th of July, Rony John, 15, was found drowned in the River Ouse after he had gone swimming with his friends during the first day of the summer holidays. “We understand the temptation to want to go swimming at open water sites, especially on a sunny day. But it is important to consider that even on a hot day the water might be a lot colder or deeper than you were expecting and there may be under water debris that you cannot see from the bank. … Continue reading

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Runner Dives in to Save Drowning Man in River ThamesRunner dived into Thames to save drowning man

A runner dived into the River Thames to rescue a drowning man near Charing Cross Bridge on Monday, July 7. Have-a-go hero Ben Corr, 36, of Ealing threw a life ring then plunged into the river from the footpath to save the floundering man. This video below shows the Tower lifeboat crew pulling Corr and the man from the Thames. The RNLI’s statement on the incident reads: “Running along the South Bank this morning, Ben Corr was expecting a normal Monday in the office. That changed when he was alerted to a man struggling in the Thames. After trying to throw a life ring to the casualty, Ben carefully weighed up the situation & made the decision to go in and swim to the casualty. Meanwhile, Tower lifeboat crew had been alerted & were heading up river. They found both men floating near the London Eye and safety pulled them on board. We don’t advise people to carry out rescues themselves, but Ben made a very measured and selfless decision to go in – and for that we take our hat off to him.” It follows a similar story back in 2010 when a homeless man dived in to the rescue of a young woman who had found herself in trouble in the Thames. At the time he stated: “There was a woman about 20 feet away in the middle of the river. I grabbed a life ring but it wouldn’t reach so I took off my jacket and jumper, dived in and swam as fast as I could.” “I held her to my chest with one hand and used the other to swim back. It was a struggle. I only did what needed to be done.” Please take care near the Thames when you’re out and about in London … Continue reading

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Teen Saved After Posting Urgent Update on FacebookFacebook

A teenager drowning at sea was saved after he used his mobile to post an SOS – on FACEBOOK. The 18-year-old was tossed into the water when his dinghy capsized and managed to cling on long enough to reach his handset. With virtually no battery power left he quickly typed out the word ‘stranded’ and posted it on Facebook. A concerned mate saw the message and rang the lad’s mum who raised the alarm and triggered a massive search and rescue operation. The teen had been treading water for two hours in the dark by the time he was spotted by a lifeboat crew and hauled out of the sea a mile off Mevagissey, Cornwall. Jeremy Lynn from Brixham Coastguard said he was able to type a solitary word before the battery drained. He said: “The message just said ‘stranded’. One of his friends picked it up and passed it to his mother. “It was obviously one of the last methods he had of using his mobile phone to call for help.” More details: www.watersafetymap.co.uk/map/details/210 “Facebook” by www.flickr.com/photos/marcopako, license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0

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Jedward Nearly Drown on North Dublin BeachJedward

Jedward, the Irish pop group, has been rescued by the Irish Coast Guard after they became trapped by the incoming tide in north Dublin. The twins, John and Edward Grimes, were with another family member when they got into difficulty on the Malahide Estuary late on Tuesday night. The Irish Coast Guard received a report that the three had become “disoriented in the area due to the falling darkness and unusually fast incoming tide”. The twins’ mother, Susanna Grimes, told the Irish Sun that her sons became stranded on shifting sands and were “badly shaken” after their “terrifying” experience. “It was terrifying. They ended up on shifting sands, surrounded by water. This could have been a terrible tragedy. “The boys were getting more and more desperate as the water was coming in. Thank God the Coast Guard sent the helicopter up and it found them trapped on sands near Malahide,” she told the paper. They told The Sun: “We really thought we’d died. We were in complete pitch dark. “We went for a walk down the beach and found ourselves stuck. It took two days for us to stop shaking.” Luckily, the pop duo managed to phone their mother to raise the alarm, and the coast guard rescued the brothers despite poor visibility. Water Safety Map advise you to take care when walking along the coast at night, the tides can often shift and change drastically without you realising. “Jedward” by www.flickr.com/photos/bnsd, license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0

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Drowned 17 year old at Foulridge reservoir identified as James Goodshipfoulridge reservoir

A 17-year-old boy who drowned after getting into difficulties at a reservoir in Lancashire has been identified as James Goodship. He was one of seven people who got on to a floating jetty at Burwain Sailing Club, Foulridge, two miles (3.2km) north of Colne. His body was found at about 05:40 BST following a search of the water by police divers. Lancashire Police said the alarm had been raised just after 19:30 on Sunday. The other six people who had been with the teenager managed to scramble to safety with one taken by ambulance to hospital for a check-up. * * * When dog walker Melanie  Goodship noticed a group of boys on a raft at the opposite side of a reservoir, she could see some sort of drama was unfolding. Only later did she realise the heartbreaking truth – that she had witnessed the moment her 17-year-old son  had drowned. Yesterday the devastated mother told how  she was walking her dogs with her partner on Sunday, one of the hottest days of the year so far, when she spotted the boys in the distance. The 40-year-old civil servant said she hoped his death would act as a warning to youngsters who think they are ‘invincible’ not to cool off in open water. Speaking from her home in Colne, she told how she had left James to spend the sunny evening with his friends. After watching the ‘commotion unfold’, she tried to phone him but received no answer. Unknown to her, he had disappeared underwater after trying to swim from the raft to the shore. Police divers recovered his body ten hours later after searching through the night. * * * Water Safety Map are heartbroken to hear about this mother’s loss. Please take precautions wherever you can before entering … Continue reading

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Mother leaps in to save child as pram rolls into River ExeRiver Exe

A young girl’s mum leapt into the water after a buggy, with her daughter strapped inside, rolled into the River Exe at Exeter Quay in Devon during a dragon boat racing event. Quick-thinking passers-by also hurled themselves into the water and the toddler, who is believed to be about a year old, was brought back to the safety of the quayside. Victor Martinez, 51, said he did not think twice about jumping in to help with the dramatic rescue after he saw the young girl’s arms flailing from the sides of the pushchair. He dived into the river and swam under the sinking pram to push it and the youngster back up to the surface. He then helped the youngster’s shocked mother bring the girl, who is understood to have been completely unharmed in the drama, back to the quayside. The other two are believed to be Stuart Mensies and Andy Travers, who were taking part in the boat race. Mr Martinez dived in when he saw the child in the water and swam underneath the pram after it began sinking to push it back to the surface. He said: ‘I was standing on the side with other members of my team – The Raging Dragons – when I heard a deafening scream. ‘At first I wondered why the woman was so worried about a pram, but then I saw the baby girl’s arms flailing on both sides of the buggy. ‘I didn’t think about it, I just ran and dived straight in the water. I think I hit the water at the same time as the buggy. I didn’t think twice.’ He added: ‘It was getting heavier and heavier, and me and my teammate Stuart Menzies, who jumped in after me, were struggling to push it up.’ ‘I thought about unstrapping … Continue reading

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