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Call for better safety measures after toddler saved from drowning at nature reserve

Samantha Torres-McCarl saved the life of a two-year-old boy who fell into a pond at West Boldon Lodge with help from David Carruthers

Samantha Torres-McCarl saved the life of a two-year-old boy who fell into a pond at West Boldon Lodge with help from David Carruthers

A WOMAN who pulled a toddler from a pond at a nature reserve has called for more safety measures.

Samantha Torres-McCarl was at West Boldon Lodge’s ‘mud open day’ in Newcastle Road on Thursday.

The outdoor event, organised by Groundwork, which runs the centre, was a fun day for youngsters to learn about nature.

The 25–year–old saw the two-year-old lying flat on the boardwalk of the pond, peering into the water before slipping in as his parents’ backs were turned.

She said: “I grabbed him by the scruff of his neck to keep his face out of the water so he could breath. It was horrific, his eyes were as wide as saucers and he was gasping.

“There is a barrier there, but it’s too high for little ones. I suggested that perhaps they could put some kind of chicken wire there, or maybe another plank of wood.”

A spokesperson for West Boldon Lodge said: “We take the safety of every individual coming on to our site extremely seriously and all visitors are issued with the appropriate health and safety information.

“A parent made us aware of an incident which related to a self-led event. We received excellent feedback on the event and no complaints. As this was self-led, no staff or volunteers would be participating and therefore it would be inappropriate for us to make any other assumptions or comments.”

 

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