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17th Oct, 2021

Repaired lifesaving gear back on Worcester's riverside

Rob George 24th Sep, 2021

LIFESAVING equipment put by the riverside in Worcester after the death of student Tom Jones has been repaired.

An emergency rescue pole is located once again by steps on Bromwich Parade near the swan sanctuary, on the banks of the River Severn.

The long pole has a buoyancy aid and hook at the end to help pull people to shore if they get in difficulties in the water.

The PortSafe also houses a throwline which can be used in any rescue to haul those in need to the bank. The equipment is released when a code is entered, given when a caller contacts the emergency services.

The previous equipment had been damaged but has now been repaired by Worcester City Council. It is sponsored by the South Worcestershire Police cadets and funded by the Police Community Fund.

“We are pleased to announce that this vital lifesaving equipment is back in place, as we welcome students back to Worcester,” said Coun James Stanley, chair of the city council’s communities committee.

“I urge everyone out enjoying the city’s nightlife to look out for friends and stay together, making sure that everyone gets back home safely.”

West Mercia Police PCSO Steve Freeman said: “The equipment was installed after the sad death of Tom Jones and provides a second water safety station for Worcester.

“With Worcester University’s Fresher Week it is important that all measures are in place and available to students and the public; this is one of several initiatives included in the West Mercia’s Home and Dry Project.

“There are many hidden dangers in open water including cold water temperatures that can lead to cold water shock; hidden currents; unseen objects such as rubbish, broken glass or hazardous materials; it can also be difficult to gauge the water depth and there are potential health risks from poor water quality.

“In an emergency please don’t jump into the water to attempt a rescue; call 999 and you will be given the code to unlock this vital equipment and send the emergency services to help.”

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