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Teenager warns of ‘quick sand’ danger after being rescued by firefighters

A TEENAGE girl is warning others about the potential dangers hidden within beauty spots after she had to be rescued from 'quick sand' by firefighters in Urmston.

It comes as crew from Stretford Fire Station visited Urmston Meadows on the afternoon of Monday, August 4, 2014, to put up posters and speak to passers-by about summer safety.

The 15-year-old had been with friends at the well-known beauty spot close to the River Mersey the previous day when she became trapped.

She said: "I've been to the meadows loads of times before and nothing's ever happened.

"I've always known to be careful because I've heard about people slipping and tripping but it's never been anything serious. It just looked like normal ground so I ran out over it and obviously found out it wasn't.

"I would tell other young people to watch where they are going, to follow the trail because I had gone off the trial, and just to be careful because I was not expecting anything like that to happen."

The girl's friend called Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) and firefighters from Stretford and Sale went to assist the girl, along with the Water Incident Unit from Eccles, shortly before 4.30pm.

Her mother said: "I was only telling her a week ago never to go into the water because I'd seen the story about youngsters jumping into the water at Salford Quays and you just don't expect that the ground can be just as dangerous.

"She was just an innocent girl going for a nice walk not knowing how dangerous it was.

"She didn't have her phone with her but luckily her friend did. It's horrifying to think what could have happened if she'd have been there longer and I'm so grateful to the firefighters who rescued her.

"I want to urge parents to remind their children not to go near any murky waters, marsh land or muddy areas. You may think they are just going for a picnic or to the park but please warn them about the dangers."

Stretford Crew Manager Dave Price said: "Where this incident was the water rises rapidly - we have seen it at 20ft.

"We hope that by speaking to people in the area and prominently displaying posters that more people will be aware of the hidden dangers and that we can prevent any further incidents like we had yesterday.

"We managed to get the girl out quickly but she was up to her waist in mud and the water was very cold so it could have been a far more serious outcome."

For further advice on staying safe this summer, please visit /safe4summer/

Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:25
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