A GRIEVING mum is warning people about the dangers of swimming outdoors, as she prepares for the anniversary of her son’s death.
Friday will mark four years since 13-year-old Dylan Ramsay died at a quarry in Whittle-le-Woods, near Chorley.
His mum Beckie Ramsay launched the Doing It For Dylan campaign to raise awareness of water safety.
On Monday, she went to Dove Stone Reservoir in Oldham with United Utilities and Greater Manchester Fire Service to talk about the dangers.
It comes as the temperature rises and school holidays approach.
Beckie, of Church Hill, Whittle-le-Woods, said the main dangers are items underwater and the cold water.
“Jumping into a reservoir, pond or lake is not worth the lifetime of pain you might leave behind.”Beckie Ramsay
She said: “Jumping into a reservoir, pond or lake is not worth the lifetime of pain you might leave behind.”
United Utilities’ rangers patrolling the region’s reservoirs have seen a dad teaching his son how to “tombstone” into icy water, drunk teenagers taking the plunge from a valve tower and a family out of their depth on an inflatable.
They highlighted the Rivington reservoirs in Chorley– dubbed Costa del Rivington – as a magnet for swimmers.
Steve Hardcastle from United Utilities, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming thousands of visitors to our reservoir sites this summer. We only have one condition – please stay out of the water. The last thing we want is for a fun day out to turn into a tragedy.”
An event to remember Dylan and promote water safety will be held at noon on Saturday at Tatton Community Centre in Chorley.
There will be fire eaters, free runners, a carnival troupe, a magician, singers, outdoor games, a character from SciFi Hire and more.
And a milkshake in memory of Dylan will be available on Friday only from Bubble ‘n’ Shake in Chorley.