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Ribble Valley reservoir warning after tragic death of James Goodship

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YOUNGSTERS are being warned again about the dangers of swimming in reservoirs after teens were spotted taking a dip in water at Sabden.

Police said they had received reports of young people heading to Churn Clough Reservoir, which is on the southern slopes of Pendle Hill, to meet up and go swimming.

The warning follows the death of 17-year-old James Goodship, from Colne, who drowned after playing on a makeshift raft with friends at Lake Burwain in Foulridge last month.

Community beat manager PC Sally Biggar put the spate down to the temperatures heating up, but warned those thinking of cooling off in reservoirs about the dangers.

She said: “The recent hot weather has encouraged some young people to head for a local Ribble Valley reservoir to congregate and swim “Reservoirs, lakes, rivers and other bodies of open water are not safe to swim in.

“Cold water, hidden debris, and underwater currents from pipework, mean that they are extremely dangerous.

“Unfortunately, every year people die or are injured whilst swimming in reservoirs. Don’t be tempted and don’t let any of your friends or family be tempted either.”

PC Biggar has also been speaking with those swimming in Churn Clough, which is a popular fishing spot, about other issues such as litter and fires.

The officer said: “The land surrounding the reservoir is private.

“Litter has been left lying around and fires have been lit, posing a threat to farm animals which may be injured by the debris left behind.”

The land is owned by water company United Utilities.

They have recently launched a new schools’ pack with Beckie Ramsay, from Chorley, whose 13-year-old son Dylan was killed three years ago when he got into difficulties while playing with friends in a quarry lake.

Mark Byard, United Utilities’ head of health and safety, said: “Every year, particularly during summer, young people are often tempted to take a dip in what appear to be safe places to swim.

“Unfortunately, reservoirs and quarry lakes are far from safe.”

Anybody with information or concerns should call police on 101 .

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5:27pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Moor side says...

My husband goes fishing at Churn Clough. Some of these youngsters are accompanied by adults, who should know better. If the dangers are pointed out you receive a torrent of abuse from those who should know better. Adults who swim and encourage youngsters to swim should be fined.
My husband goes fishing at Churn Clough. Some of these youngsters are accompanied by adults, who should know better. If the dangers are pointed out you receive a torrent of abuse from those who should know better. Adults who swim and encourage youngsters to swim should be fined. Moor side
  • Score: 4

6:22pm Mon 7 Jul 14

kingbilly says...

I agree fine everyone,and give all the money towards giving the youngsters something to do in sabden,apart from treacle mining,let them fish in the reservior,instead of having a private club for people with lots of money
I agree fine everyone,and give all the money towards giving the youngsters something to do in sabden,apart from treacle mining,let them fish in the reservior,instead of having a private club for people with lots of money kingbilly
  • Score: 0

7:46pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Moor side says...

At the end of the day kids are kids. We don't want any further deaths to any of our youngster. Kids learn by example and may think it is safe to swim if they see adults swimming. The reservoir is for everybody to enjoy. Most people who fish there are just normal working people, from the local area, who are not rich. In the ideal world it would be great if any local kids could enjoy any activities in the Ribble Valley free of charge but in the present climate this is not always possible. The idea of a fine was to discourage adults from encouraging the kids.
At the end of the day kids are kids. We don't want any further deaths to any of our youngster. Kids learn by example and may think it is safe to swim if they see adults swimming. The reservoir is for everybody to enjoy. Most people who fish there are just normal working people, from the local area, who are not rich. In the ideal world it would be great if any local kids could enjoy any activities in the Ribble Valley free of charge but in the present climate this is not always possible. The idea of a fine was to discourage adults from encouraging the kids. Moor side
  • Score: 5

12:06am Tue 8 Jul 14

kingbilly says...

Because the present climate is run by greedy people,who want it all for themselves
Because the present climate is run by greedy people,who want it all for themselves kingbilly
  • Score: -2

8:13am Tue 8 Jul 14

Moor side says...

King Billy this article is about saving lives
King Billy this article is about saving lives Moor side
  • Score: 1

6:17pm Tue 8 Jul 14

kingbilly says...

Moor side wrote:
King Billy this article is about saving lives
more people die in swimming baths than reservoirs,and more people die fishing than any other sport
[quote][p][bold]Moor side[/bold] wrote: King Billy this article is about saving lives[/p][/quote]more people die in swimming baths than reservoirs,and more people die fishing than any other sport kingbilly
  • Score: -1

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