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Young Performer Almost Drowns at All Wales Boat ShowAll Wales Boat Show

A 15-year-old girl has been airlifted to hospital after getting trapped under water while taking part in the sport flyboarding during the All Wales Boat Show in Conwy. The RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was called to help the teenager following the incident on the River Conwy. The RNLI said the girl became trapped between “a personal watercraft, a buoy and the flyboard”, and had “been underwater in excess of five minutes”. When the lifeboat crew arrived, the girl was being given first aid by the British Red Cross on the shore. A doctor who was in the area managed to “bring her round”, the RNLI said.A rescue helicopter from RAF Valley flew the girl to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor and organisers said she was “talking and responsive”. A boat show spokeswoman said the incident happened “when the tide was changing and the line has got caught under a boat or something”. She said the incident had “shocked everybody”. “We will conduct a thorough review to establish what went wrong but our immediate concern is the wellbeing of the girl who was talking and responsive when she was taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd by the RAF search and rescue helicopter,” she said. This story goes to show that even professionals can be at danger when performing on water. Please take caution when taking part in any sort of watersport that all of your equipment is correct and in top working condition. More details on this story: www.watersafetymap.co.uk/map/details/205  

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Young Father Drowns at Holiday Park in East SussexLily Pads

A young father-of-three drowned in the fishing lake of a caravan park after being pepper sprayed by police following an alcohol-fuelled late night confrontation with officers. Shortly after 11pm on Saturday night officers approached Mr Stent in a bid to pacify him. However, it was claimed by police that he then struck out at one of the officers before they decided to ‘incapacitate’ him by using pepper spray. Mr Stent then ran away from officers towards the nearby lake which has clear signs advising that swimming is not allowed. Having jumped into the water shortly after 11.20pm he tried to swim some 70 metres to reach a small wooden jetty on the other side of the lake. ‘Police and his friends were all shouting at him to come back to the shore but he was swearing at them,’ said the eye-witness whose home is near the jetty. ‘I was alerted that something was going on because I had three night fishing rods out on the lake and I heard the bite detector alarms going off. He must have touched the fishing lines as he swam. ‘I was on my chalet balcony and saw him clearly on the lily pads for about thirty seconds and then he went limp and he was gone.’ According to residents police and firefighters searched for Mr Stent using lights and at least three boats until around 4am. This is sadly another case of alcohol and swimming being a deadly cocktail. Water Safety Map would like to reiterate the importance of being safe near water after a drink, always take the necessary precautions. Full Details: www.watersafetymap.co.uk/map/details/204 “Lily Pads” by www.flickr.com/photos/birdeye, License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

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Man Found in Walsall Lake IndentifiedHatherton Lake

Christopher Mills, from Walsall, died after getting into difficulties in a lake at the town’s Arboretum last week. A passer-by reported a man in difficulty on 15 April. Two police officers attempted to save him but he went under the water. The 26-year-old’s body was recovered the following day. A post mortem-examination found that he died from drowning, West Midlands Police said. Further tests are to be conducted in due course. Mr Mill’s death is not being treated as suspicious but police are investigating why he was in the water, the spokesman added. Please take caution when near any large pools of water, even when you think youre skilled enough to traverse them. “Hatherton Lake” by www.flickr.com/photos/leejordan, License: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0

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Family of Three Men Perish on River Tynemorning row on the river Tyne

Water Safety Map have learned that three men from the same family have died whilst on a kayaking trip on the River Tyne in Hexam. Officers said the men included two brothers, aged 41 and 40, and their cousin, aged 36. Two of the bodies were recovered from the river at Riding Mill, and the other was found in the Corbridge area. The major search operation has involved police, fire crews and a Sea King rescue helicopter. Police found one of the missing men’s vehicles near to Hexham Rowing Club just before 01:15 BST, and a second one three hours later at Wylam railway station car park. The first body was recovered at Riding Mill at 05:00 and the second at Corbridge at 06:20. The third, also at Riding Mill, was discovered at 13:15. Formal identification is yet to take place. Ch Supt Gordon Milward said: “The weather was unpredictable, in terms of some very heavy showers and the river was higher than usual and fast-flowing. Water Safety Map acknowledge that about 1.2 million people in the UK canoe and kayak every year and there are very few deaths but this tragedy goes to show that precautions and full water safety training is advised before taking to the kayak. For more details, please visit: www.watersafetymap.co.uk/map/details/202 “morning row on the river tyne” by www.flickr.com/photos/biscuitsml, License: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0

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Lifeguard lessons prepared Nathan Condon to save the life of drowning toddlerWater hazard

Alerted by the crying of the distressed youngster,  ten-year-old Nathan Condon kept his cool by steering him to safety with a stick before dragging him out of the water. The primary school pupil has been praised for his actions by Winterbourne Swim Academy, where he is taking an introductory lifeguard course. His mum Tracie said she was delighted by the bravery her son displayed. The 42-year-old administration assistant said: “We are really proud of him for doing it. He’s always been keen to help people and he didn’t think anything of it at all. “He’s doing rookie life-guarding. He’s been swimming since he was three. He’s got all the badges, including his mile badge, but wanted to do the lifeguard course so he could keep going to the pool. “The technique he used to save the boy was one he learned at the swimming academy. I didn’t think he was taking it all in – but he obviously was.” The drama unfolded at a duck pond in St Saviour’s Rise, Frampton Cotterell. As Nathan cycled past the pond, he heard a four-year-old child crying and discovered the youngster had fallen in and was submerged in water three metres out. The boy’s parents were around the other side of the pond fishing, unaware of what had happened, so Nathan leapt into action. This news proves that taking courses helps young children prepare for water danger and how best to react when faced with an incident. Water Safety Map condone Nathan’s quick thinking and bravery and wish him a successful career as a lifeguard in the future. Please visit: www.watersafetymap.co.uk/map/details/201 for more details.

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Soldier’s Body Found in River OuseRiver Ouse

A body found in a river in York has been identified as a missing soldier. Signaller Tyler Pearson of York-based 2nd Signal Regiment, entered the River Ouse near The Lowther pub in the early hours of 3 April. North Yorkshire Police believe he was trying to swim to the far bank at Queen’s Staith during a night out with friends. The 18-year-old is the third young person to have died in the city’s rivers this year after Ben Clarkson, 22, and Megan Roberts, 20, perished in York’s waterways. Mr Clarkson’s body was discovered on the 21st of March in the River Foss after last being seen in a nightclub three weeks prior. Ms Roberts’ body was found in the River Ouse on the same night that Mr Clarkson disappeared after a six week long appeal that started in January following her disappearance during a night out. We will be reporting on these incidents also to see if we can identify any trends. Signaller Pearson’s body was found on Thursday near Skeldergate Bridge, about 1,500ft (480m) downstream from where he was last seen. North Yorkshire’s police and crime commissioner Julia Mulligan said: “The recent spate of fatalities highlights the importance of staying safe near York’s rivers, particularly when alcohol has been consumed. “Work is currently under way with groups across York and families of recent river victims to make some short films to highlight the dangers of the river. “In the longer term we will devise a sustained and powerful campaign to help prevent more lives being needlessly cut short.” The River Ouse has become a severe water hazard over the past year. Water Safety Map would like to advise caution to anyone who is in the vicinity and particularly at night when alcohol is involved. Full details: www.watersafetymap.co.uk/map/details/200 “River Ouse” by www.flickr.com/photos/birdies-perch … Continue reading

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South Korea Ferry Disastersinking korea ferry

We would like to offer our sincere condolences to South Korea following the tragic recent events following the sinking of the ferry – with so many young people on board. The scale of this incident and the rapid nature of its unfolding serve to bring into focus the inherent dangers of being around water. We hope that in the fullness of time a thorough investigation will teach us lessons that will help avoid accidents on this scale. Further information can be viewed below: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-27122991

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Drowning Man in River Thames Saved by Lifeboat CrewLondon Bridge

A man had jumped in near to HMS Belfast after spotting what he thought to be another person in the water, but nearly died when he got into complications himself. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) crew from Tower lifeboat station were called to the scene when the alarm was raised just after 8pm. Passengers on a Thames water bus spotted the man holding on to a barge used to collect driftwood and alerted the authorities. The man, who is Italian, told his rescuers that he jumped in because he thought he saw someone else struggling in the water. He is thought to have been in the river, around 8C at the time, for up to 10 minutes. Lifeboat crew Stuart Morrison, Chris Walker and Stephen Wheatley pulled the man from the water and on to their vessel before taking him to the London Ambulance Service who were waiting at St Katherine Docks. Mr Morrison, 54, told the London Evening Standard: “It was dramatic. “The tide was on the ebb which means he was in the path of the rubbish collector and so he was in the jaws of death as we rescued him.” A Met police spokesman described the man as ‘suffering the effects of being cold water for a period of time’ but was ‘conscious and talking’ to police officers. Water Safety Map applaud those try to save people in danger in water. However, please make sure you take care yourself when coming to the rescue. Full details: www.watersafetymap.co.uk/map/details/199 “London Bridge” by www.flickr.com/photos/damo1977 License: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0

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Isle of Wight woman saved from drowningSolent red jet

A POLICEMAN heroically saved a woman from drowning in the Solent. The woman, understood to be in her 30s, went into the water at the Red Funnel terminal at Cowes, Isle of Wight. It was witnessed by the officer who stripped off and dived into the sea after her. The pair were swept down the harbour by the strong tide but the officer managed to get her to the Island Sailing Club pontoon. RNLI lifeboat crews were quickly on the scene and provided emergency care. The woman was initially unresponsive and was given oxygen, warmed and then taken to hospital by ambulance. The incident happened on Saturday evening. — The rescue drama began at around 5pm when the officer spotted the woman, believed to be in her 30s, enter the water at the terminal. He leapt into the sea and managed to cling on to her as the pair were swept along by a strong tide towards the Island Sailing Club pontoon. From the pontoon, the pair were helped ashore by crew from the Cowes RNLI Inshore Lifeboat. Crew member Dr Will King, together with a surgeon colleague from St Mary’s Hospital, attended to the woman who was unresponsive at the time. She was assessed, given oxygen, warmed and taken by stretcher to a waiting ambulance. The policeman, wrapped in blankets, was taken to the lifeboat station to recover. More details: www.watersafetymap.co.uk/map/details/198 “looking across East Cowes” by www.flickr.com/photos/ronsaunders47, License: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0

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Body Found in Lough Ree Identified as Darryl Burke

A body which was recovered from Lough Ree in County Westmeath has been formally identified as missing County Armagh angler Darryl Burke. The 30-year-old from Portadown, was fishing on the lake with two friends when their boat sank on 20 March. David Warnock, 27, from Richhill, was rescued but later died in hospital. A body was found in the water on Saturday afternoon. Gardaí (Irish police) said his family have been informed. The remains were discovered about 500m from where the fishermen’s boat was located earlier this week. An extensive search of Lough Ree has been under way since the boat went down. Debris from the boat was discovered about a week ago following painstaking searches by diving teams and volunteers who combed the shoreline. The three fishermen belonged to a County Armagh angling club. They had been planning to camp on an island when they got into difficulties. Another member of the fishing party, 60-year-old John Trimble, has been recovering from his injuries. For more information, visit: http://www.watersafetymap.co.uk/map/details/197 “Lough ree from the coastline” by www.flickr.com/photos/feidhli, License: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0

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