Firefighters promote water safety in Arrow Valley Country Park
Just over a year ago, 15-year-old Richard Fellows drowned after swimming with friends in Paper Mill Weir in Arrow Valley Country Park. This week, Redditch firefighters have been promoting water safety in this area and speaking to the public about how they can stay safe.
Station Commander Phil Berry said "Sadly, a young boy tragically lost his life in this area last year. We want to prevent incidents like this occurring and warn people of the dangers that open water can pose. With this in mind, and as part of CFOA Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Week, the firefighters have been promoting water safety in the Arrow Valley area. It also gives the firefighters the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the area thus making it easier to respond if an incident should occur."
Since the tragic incident, Redditch Borough Council has installed signs, fencing and personal rescue equipment at Paper Mill Weir and other high risk locations maintained by the Council to help reduce the risk of further incidents.
During the summer months, the Service frequently sees a peak in water-related incidents. Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue urges the public to take extra care near open water and avoid swimming in rivers, lakes, quarries and canals. Cold water shock is a particular concern as the low temperature of these waters can cause difficulties for even the most experienced swimmers.
For more advice on water safety, please visit our website at www.hwfire.org.uk.
Issued by Jessica Chadwick
01905 368 319