'Lucky escape' for youngsters after getting into trouble jumping into weir - The Leamington Observer

'Lucky escape' for youngsters after getting into trouble jumping into weir

Leamington Editorial 21st Aug, 2020 Updated: 21st Aug, 2020   0

YOUNG boys had a ‘lucky escape’ after getting into trouble jumping into a weir on the River Avon.

Three boys, who were around 11-years-old, jumped into the weir – where the water is turbulent – next to the Saxon Mill in Warwick yesterday (Thursday) evening.

The youngsters quickly got into difficulty and were dragged under by the current.

Firefighters including a boat crew from Rugby were called to the scene were two of the boys had got themselves out but one was missing.

He was found safe, but shaken up, further down the river where he had got himself to safety.

Crew commander Gary McMahon said: “This was a very serious incident where the outcome could have proved fatal. The three young boys are exceptionally lucky and as a fire and rescue service we are thankful that they are all going home safe, if not a little shaken to their families tonight.

“I cannot stress enough the dangers that exist when swimming in open water. While rivers may look safe and inviting, particularly on a hot day, there are hidden dangers below the surface that could seriously injure or even kill you. The current is also more powerful than it looks, even strong swimmers can be caught off guard.

“So please think twice before you get into deep water and not only put your life at risk, but also the lives of our firefighters or passers-by, who go in to try and rescue you.

The fire service will be working with The Saxon Mill to raise awareness around playing and swimming near weirs and in open water.

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