Thursday, November 24, 2016

"Teenager afraid of water and who couldn't swim died after jumping into canal to overcome fears"

Flavio Rafael Pizarro, 13, known to friends and family as Rafael, died in hospital nine days after being pulled from the Rochdale canalnear Boarshaw Clough Way, Middleton , on June 5.

The teenager gave the gift of life by donating his organs, with the permission of his family and doctors.

His family is now calling on the Canal and River Trust to do more to warn young people of the dangers of jumping into water. There are no warning signs on that area of the canal.

After the inquest, Rafael’s mum Maria told the M.E.N.: “I lost my son. How many children have to die to be able to put some signage in place?”

Much more at this link :
http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/boy-died-rochdale-canal-middleton-12221250

13 comments:

Evi L. Bloggerlady said...

I doubt a warning sign would have saved him.

AprilApple said...

I suggest swimming lessons in pool.

john said...

Today one of the things I am thankful for is that my kids survived my periodic tossing them into lakes, swimming pools and oceans through their formative years. Today we will all be sitting at the table, together, and I don't expect they will tell me how much they hated me for that.

Leastwise, to my face.

bagoh20 said...

We have to do SOMETHING!

AllenS said...

I hate to sound like I don't care, but, isn't this called Natural Selection.

rcocean said...

What the would a warning sign have said? What about:

"Danger: Water"

"Danger: Water - Do not attempt to swim if you can't"

I think we need signs like that around the Atlantic Ocean.

rcocean said...

Yeah, its sad, but dumb kids - especially boys - die all the time.

Remember the kid who thought it was a good idea to fight with a police officer rather than admit he forgot his ID at home?

Or Trayvon?

rcocean said...
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rcocean said...

For some reason my posts are being doubled - after I make another one.

Curious.

Michael Haz said...

Yes a sign. BAD SWIM YOU!

Rabel said...

I applaud you all for avoiding stereotyping the unfortunate youngster. On the other hand, if he had been aware of the stereotype maybe he wouldn't have jumped in the water.

Adamsunderground said...
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Adamsunderground said...

Anyone who fails to appreciate the gravity of someone's fixation is all wet in the end