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Education: Swim & Survive

A life saving session organised by Nelson Fire Service for police cadets aged 13 to 18. Credit: GTV

The family of a teenager from Colne who drowned last year want water safety to be part of the national curriculum. James Goodship died at Fullridge reservoir after becoming stranded on a raft. The Royal Life Saving Society say drowning can be prevented by teaching people survival and water rescue skills.


End-of-term flashmob gets celebrity thumbs up

An end-of-term flashmob by pupils at a primary school in Liverpool has had the thumbs up from celebrity John Barrowman.

The Belle Vale flashmob Credit: Belle Vale School

The kids at Belle Vale Primary School celebrated the end of the school year, and surprised plenty of mums and dads, with their surprise flash mob.

And their dancing got the seal of approval from West End star, John Barrowman.

Special investigation: saving lives in the water

Last year 338 people died from drowning, a figure that would be higher without the efforts of emergency services across the region.

GMFRS firefighters training in fast-water in Wales Credit: Granada Reports

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service say that they deal with more more water-related deaths than fires.

In the second of her special reports into water safety, our correspondent Amy Welch has been with the lifesavers training inland, and on the sea:


Two patients test negative for Mers virus

Two patients who triggered the shut down of A&E at Manchester Royal Infirmary have tested negative for the Mers virus.

Manchester Royal Infirmary's A&E was shut down Credit: PA Images

A Public Health England statement said:

“PHE can confirm that two individuals were tested for MERS-CoV in Manchester.

These cases are separate and unrelated. The results of both tests were negative.”

– Public Health England

Sterling bags a brace in Vietnam

Raheem Sterling Credit: PA Images

Raheem Sterling scored twice for Manchester City as his new side thumped a Vietnam national team 8-1 in the final match of their pre-season tour.

Aleksandar Kolarov and David Silva also scored two apiece while Marcos Lopes and Jose Angel Pozo grabbed the other goals in Hanoi.

It was City's fourth victory of the tour after wins over Adelaide United, Melbourne City and Roma, with a single defeat to Real Madrid, and Manuel Pellegrini's squad will now return to Manchester before travelling to Stuttgart at the weekend.

Respect the water and the dangers say Fleetwood RNLI

Greater Manchester Fire service are urging young people to avoid open water this summer. They've been training in Wales and say they deal with more water related deaths than fires. Meanwhile the RNLI say more than half those who drowned last year didn't intend to enter the water. Dave Eccles from Fleetwood RNLI warns of the dangers.

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