Dudley MP Ian Austin has backed a campaign to prevent deaths from drowning in disused quarries and canals.
It is estimated that 400 people accidentally drown in pools or lakes that have developed in disused quarries. As well as the risk of becoming trapped or poisoned, many die from ‘cold water shock’ where the temperature of the water causes even strong swimmers to involuntarily inhale water.
Local schools placed near quarries have been contacted by the Mineral Product Association asking them to highlight the risks to young people.
Austin is backing the campaign because of the dangers presented by disused quarries and the canal network.
Ian Austin said:
“This campaign is really important in our area where there are so many canals as well as quarries and former industrial sites.
“Sadly we know from accidents at places like the Blue Lagoon in Himley in the last few years just how dangerous these sites can be.
“That site has been filled in but I am backing this campaign to save lives by making sure local young people know the risks water can pose.”