David Cameron: East Lancs teen’s death is heartbreaking

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: David Cameron: East Lancs teen’s death is heartbreaking David Cameron: East Lancs teen’s death is heartbreaking

PRIME Minister David Cameron has described the death of Pendle teenager James Goodship as ‘absolutely heartbreaking’.

Mr Cameron was quizzed on water safety by Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson, in light of the death of 17-year-old James, who drowned after getting into trouble while on a makeshift raft on Lake Burwain in Foulridge.

The former Park High School student, who lived in Colne, was one of seven people playing on the raft on Sunday evening.

During Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons on Wednesday, Mr Stephenson asked what more could be done to prevent further tragedies.

He said: “On Sunday, 17-year-old James Goodship tragically drowned in Lake Burwain in my constituency.

“His death has left his family and friends, and the local community, in shock.

“As this week is drowning prevention week, what can the Prime Minister do to raise awareness of the dangers of open water and to improve water safety, particularly during this warm summer?”

Mr Cameron said: “My heart goes out to the family that my honourable friend has mentioned, and he is absolutely right to raise this issue. For anyone to lose a son in such a tragic way is absolutely heartbreaking.

“We need to spread better information about the dangers of swimming in open water.

“We also need to do more to teach swimming and life-saving skills in schools.”

An inquest into the death of James was opened yesterday morning.

Coroner’s officer PC Martin Hall said: “A post-mortem has been carried out.

“No cause of death has yet been given as they are awaiting toxicology reports, but the findings so far are consistent with drowning. The inquest has been adjourned until September 23.”

A Facebook page paying tribute to James has now been liked by more than 4,700 people.

The RIP James Goodship page is now fundraising to help pay for the costs of James’s funeral and to fund a permanent memorial in his memory.

It has already raised more than £600.

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2:20pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Good call says...

The only thing that will prevent such an incident from happening again is for people to use their common sense.
The only thing that will prevent such an incident from happening again is for people to use their common sense. Good call
  • Score: 6

3:50pm Fri 27 Jun 14

woolywords says...

Good call wrote:
The only thing that will prevent such an incident from happening again is for people to use their common sense.
Sadly, year after year, these things happen..
Not just locally, but in the Lake District, as well.
...
You wouldn't believe the numbers of 'misadventure' calls that Coroners make.
Be it, any Tarn, Lake or Water or in the many, many others..
...
Many of these places are in, almost picture postcard-like places; picturesque idylls, that lay beneath azure skies, with fluffy clouds pinned to them, like bits of cotton wool...
Yet, nobody knows, what lies beneath..
....that the Sun can barely penetrate the murky layers of any water, without creating an up-welling of cold water, as the surface is heated.
..that the deeper the water, the greater the circulation, where shadows upon the water create a down draught..
A very slow, fairly imperceptible, churning occurs, cold rising..
...This water has stagnated, for the months throughout Winter, meaning that, at deeper levels and pressures, it's barely above freezing..
and therein, lies the trap!
...
You tiddle your toes in, to test the waters..
Hmm, seems warm..
You dive in, off the jetty!
...
Trouble is, the Temp where you tested the water at is, a few metres away from where you dived in..
The extreme change in Temp makes you gasp for air..
as you gain the shock of it...
(in shock, the body does a few things; it retracts blood to the main body, leaving limbs, your arms and legs, to fend for them themselves, as it protects supply to the brain).
You can't seem to create a swim stroke, as the lack of both blood flow and oxygen are depleted from your limbs..
You gasp, flailing like a windmill, to gain your head above water..
Then panic sets in, you see yourself, sinking..
The murky waters closing above your head, as you sink..
One last gasp, of mucky waters, seals your fate...
Welcome to the world of those that drowned.
...
Don't believe me, for a second, just do this, on the next warmest day.
Get the kitchen thermometer, some fishing line and a weight...
First take the air temp, make a note it, then cast the weight, line and thermometer, as far into that water that you want to test; let it sink..
Wait 5 minutes, to let it adjust.
Reel it in, as fast as you can, read the temp.
Then, and only then, will you get your head around what I know as a fact.
Deep waters, are colder, than the freezing point of water itself!
...
..a Lancashire man, dumped his wife in a lake; thinking that it would be utterly destroyed..
However, he didn't factor in, the temp/depth thing, that you now know about.
Body found, frozen, at less than 30 feet; perfectly preserved..
...
Waters look lovely, in pictures and landscapes but nobody ever tells you how really dangerous that they really are...
It's an hot day, the water looks so cool and inviting..
By now, you know better, don't you?
..
Feel free, to share..
[quote][p][bold]Good call[/bold] wrote: The only thing that will prevent such an incident from happening again is for people to use their common sense.[/p][/quote]Sadly, year after year, these things happen.. Not just locally, but in the Lake District, as well. ... You wouldn't believe the numbers of 'misadventure' calls that Coroners make. Be it, any Tarn, Lake or Water or in the many, many others.. ... Many of these places are in, almost picture postcard-like places; picturesque idylls, that lay beneath azure skies, with fluffy clouds pinned to them, like bits of cotton wool... Yet, nobody knows, what lies beneath.. ....that the Sun can barely penetrate the murky layers of any water, without creating an up-welling of cold water, as the surface is heated. ..that the deeper the water, the greater the circulation, where shadows upon the water create a down draught.. A very slow, fairly imperceptible, churning occurs, cold rising.. ...This water has stagnated, for the months throughout Winter, meaning that, at deeper levels and pressures, it's barely above freezing.. and therein, lies the trap! ... You tiddle your toes in, to test the waters.. Hmm, seems warm.. You dive in, off the jetty! ... Trouble is, the Temp where you tested the water at is, a few metres away from where you dived in.. The extreme change in Temp makes you gasp for air.. as you gain the shock of it... (in shock, the body does a few things; it retracts blood to the main body, leaving limbs, your arms and legs, to fend for them themselves, as it protects supply to the brain). You can't seem to create a swim stroke, as the lack of both blood flow and oxygen are depleted from your limbs.. You gasp, flailing like a windmill, to gain your head above water.. Then panic sets in, you see yourself, sinking.. The murky waters closing above your head, as you sink.. One last gasp, of mucky waters, seals your fate... Welcome to the world of those that drowned. ... Don't believe me, for a second, just do this, on the next warmest day. Get the kitchen thermometer, some fishing line and a weight... First take the air temp, make a note it, then cast the weight, line and thermometer, as far into that water that you want to test; let it sink.. Wait 5 minutes, to let it adjust. Reel it in, as fast as you can, read the temp. Then, and only then, will you get your head around what I know as a fact. Deep waters, are colder, than the freezing point of water itself! ... ..a Lancashire man, dumped his wife in a lake; thinking that it would be utterly destroyed.. However, he didn't factor in, the temp/depth thing, that you now know about. Body found, frozen, at less than 30 feet; perfectly preserved.. ... Waters look lovely, in pictures and landscapes but nobody ever tells you how really dangerous that they really are... It's an hot day, the water looks so cool and inviting.. By now, you know better, don't you? .. Feel free, to share.. woolywords
  • Score: 5

7:54am Sat 28 Jun 14

child44 says...

This was tragic, but it isn't something that Parliament and David Cameron can do anything about.

Woolywords: deep waters aren't colder than freezing point. The coldest temperature that water is likely to be at the bottom of a lake is 4˚ because that's when it's at its most dense.

Plenty of people swim in open water and there are even societies encouraging it and offering advice. There's nothing inherently dangerous about swimming in open water if you're sensible about it and acclimatise your body to the temperature.
This was tragic, but it isn't something that Parliament and David Cameron can do anything about. Woolywords: deep waters aren't colder than freezing point. The coldest temperature that water is likely to be at the bottom of a lake is 4˚ because that's when it's at its most dense. Plenty of people swim in open water and there are even societies encouraging it and offering advice. There's nothing inherently dangerous about swimming in open water if you're sensible about it and acclimatise your body to the temperature. child44
  • Score: -1
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