Two boys injured on ‘waterslide’ in aqueduct

Flood evacuation practice at Stoke Goldington'''Wk 10 MPMC
Flood evacuation practice at Stoke Goldington'''Wk 10 MPMC

Two boys were injured yesterday while using a makeshift waterslide made out of old drainage pipes.

They were playing near the Grafton Street Aqueduct, where the Grand Union Canal crosses from New Bradwell to Blue Bridge and Stonebridge.

Firefighters from Newport Pagnell and Great Holm had to rescue one of the boys, who had a suspected broken ankle, from a precarious position next to a weir, before carrying him across a stream on a stretcher. Both boys were taken to hospital by paramedics.

The incident happened just hours after the tragic death of a 21-year-old man in Caldecotte Lake was confirmed.

Chris Bailey, head of Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service’s community safety team, said: “When we have spells of warm weather, many people are tempted to take a dip in rivers, lakes or canals.

“Even good swimmers are easily caught out by hidden dangers like deep holes, soft mud, weeds or rubbish.

“Weirs and areas of fast currents are obviously high risk, but any stretch of water, still or flowing, has the capability to kill.”

Chris asked people to remember these safety tips:

The safest place to swim is in a supervised swimming pool.

Warn your children of the risks, and know where they are when they are out playing.

Act responsibly near water, and never swim, even where allowed, after drinking alcohol.

At home, keep small children away from ponds and pools and make sure they are supervised in the bath.

If you witness people swimming in lakes and other waterways, ring Thames Valley Police on 101.