Children warned about dangers of open water swimming

A woman who lost her son when he drowned swimming in a quarry lake has been speaking to school children in Cumbria. About 250 pupils from Ullswater Community College have been learning about the dangers of swimming in open water.

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Beckie Ramsey from Chorley lost her son after he drowned in a quarry lake in July 2011.

Becky's son Dylan was swimming with his friends in the water when his body started to go into shock due to the cold temperature. He was under the water for around three minutes.

He was given CPR but died, aged 13.

Becky hopes that sharing her story will help others learn about the dangers of outdoor swimming, and perhaps help prevent another unnecessary death.

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Mother warns of dangers of open water swimming

Becky talking to the school children as part of the "Doing it for Dylan" campaign Credit: ITV News Border

Around 250 pupils from Ullswater Community College have been learning about the dangers of swimming in open water.

Beckie Ramsey from Chorley lost her son after he drowned in a quarry lake in July 2011. She's been travelling around schools across the UK to teach children about water safety.

It's part of an annual campaign by United Utilities during Drowning Prevention Week.

Becky's son Dylan was swimming with his friends in the water when his body started to go into shock due to the cold temperature. He was under the water for around three minutes.

He was given CPR but died, aged 13.

Becky hopes that sharing her story will help others learn about the dangers of outdoor swimming, and perhaps help prevent another unnecessary death.

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