I saved small boy who fell into the sea – now I’m warning parents to be more careful

TAKE CARE: Simon Stevens at Mudeford Quay

TAKE CARE: Simon Stevens at Mudeford Quay

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A DAD who rescued a child from the fast flowing water at Mudeford Quay is calling for more vigilance at the beauty spot.

Simon Stevens, 41, from Mudeford, was walking at the quay with his daughter on Tuesday afternoon when he saw the boy fall into the part of the sea known as The Run.

He said: “We were on a walk when suddenly I saw this young boy fall into the run while crab fishing from the other side. His mum was panicking and trying to get him out.

“I ducked under the rail and held onto it and managed to pull him towards me. Between me and his mum we managed to pull him out. There were plenty of other people there that could have helped but it made me think about how dangerous it could be.”

Despite around 10 signs at the scene warning people about the dangerous water, Mr Stevens said people are still ignoring the dangers.

He added: “They don’t realise how bad that current can be.

“The boy’s mum just said thank you very much. She must have been really shaken up.

“There are signs there but I think they are so spread out people either forget or ignore them.

“Lots of the parents just sit back on the benches watching the youngsters fishing for crabs on the other side of the rails.

Matt Reeks, community and open spaces manager at Christchurch council, said: “There are railings all the way along Mudeford Quay where the Run is – they are there for a reason.

“There is no danger to anyone so long as they stay on the right side of the railings and we would expect parents or guardians to make sure their children stay safe.

“However, we will look at the signs already there and consider whether they need made to be more prominent.”

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7:03am Fri 1 Aug 14

TheDistrict says...

Visiting Mudeford Quay on Monday we witnessed a small boy of about 3 climbing through the rails whilst his parents sat at the cafe oblivious to what was happening. Thankfully, myself and others saw what was taking place and stopped the boy. What was said to the parents is unprintable.
Visiting Mudeford Quay on Monday we witnessed a small boy of about 3 climbing through the rails whilst his parents sat at the cafe oblivious to what was happening. Thankfully, myself and others saw what was taking place and stopped the boy. What was said to the parents is unprintable. TheDistrict
  • Score: 37

7:03am Fri 1 Aug 14

we-shall-see says...

Sadly no matter how prominent the signs are, there will always be those who ignore them - as was the case at Lakeside pier and the guy who ignored warning signs not to dive off - and he did - losing his false leg into the bargain.

Glad the little boy was rescued quickly and no harm done. It's a lesson to us all, and we all know how quickly these things happen with small children. A timely wake-up call while the children are off school.
Sadly no matter how prominent the signs are, there will always be those who ignore them - as was the case at Lakeside pier and the guy who ignored warning signs not to dive off - and he did - losing his false leg into the bargain. Glad the little boy was rescued quickly and no harm done. It's a lesson to us all, and we all know how quickly these things happen with small children. A timely wake-up call while the children are off school. we-shall-see
  • Score: 26

7:39am Fri 1 Aug 14

The Witch says...

You could have signs every few feet but the idiots would still let their kids climb over the rails, I've seen it many times when a grown up has climbed the wrong side of the rail to ether fill their buckets with sea water or try and retrieve something from The Run, even when the current is at its strongest and the swans are being swept down they ignore the sea, what a great example to children!
As ever down to bad parenting.
You could have signs every few feet but the idiots would still let their kids climb over the rails, I've seen it many times when a grown up has climbed the wrong side of the rail to ether fill their buckets with sea water or try and retrieve something from The Run, even when the current is at its strongest and the swans are being swept down they ignore the sea, what a great example to children! As ever down to bad parenting. The Witch
  • Score: 34

7:56am Fri 1 Aug 14

Stereotyped says...

Darwinism has no impact on humans anymore... even the dumb ones are able to breed and create more dumb ones.

Sadly, this will continue for the duration of the human race.
Darwinism has no impact on humans anymore... even the dumb ones are able to breed and create more dumb ones. Sadly, this will continue for the duration of the human race. Stereotyped
  • Score: 19

8:31am Fri 1 Aug 14

glendower2909 says...

Please no more ugly signs to ruin what can be a beautiful place albeit at times dangerous place.

If people can't make there own choices for the welfare of their children or indeed themselves then that is down to them

As ever people's destiny is firmly in their own hands. It is not the responsibility of the council or anyone else to warn them of the obvious dangers of high walls and deep fast flowing currents.
Please no more ugly signs to ruin what can be a beautiful place albeit at times dangerous place. If people can't make there own choices for the welfare of their children or indeed themselves then that is down to them As ever people's destiny is firmly in their own hands. It is not the responsibility of the council or anyone else to warn them of the obvious dangers of high walls and deep fast flowing currents. glendower2909
  • Score: 8

12:35pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Marty Caine says...

glendower2909 wrote:
Please no more ugly signs to ruin what can be a beautiful place albeit at times dangerous place.

If people can't make there own choices for the welfare of their children or indeed themselves then that is down to them

As ever people's destiny is firmly in their own hands. It is not the responsibility of the council or anyone else to warn them of the obvious dangers of high walls and deep fast flowing currents.
I think I would much rather hear about you being displeased about an ugly sign than hearing about a child that has drowned because the family was unaware of strong under currents.

If the are dangers then the council has an obligation to warn people about it, it's called a duty of care.
[quote][p][bold]glendower2909[/bold] wrote: Please no more ugly signs to ruin what can be a beautiful place albeit at times dangerous place. If people can't make there own choices for the welfare of their children or indeed themselves then that is down to them As ever people's destiny is firmly in their own hands. It is not the responsibility of the council or anyone else to warn them of the obvious dangers of high walls and deep fast flowing currents.[/p][/quote]I think I would much rather hear about you being displeased about an ugly sign than hearing about a child that has drowned because the family was unaware of strong under currents. If the are dangers then the council has an obligation to warn people about it, it's called a duty of care. Marty Caine
  • Score: -3

2:05pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Stereotyped says...

Marty Caine wrote:
glendower2909 wrote:
Please no more ugly signs to ruin what can be a beautiful place albeit at times dangerous place.

If people can't make there own choices for the welfare of their children or indeed themselves then that is down to them

As ever people's destiny is firmly in their own hands. It is not the responsibility of the council or anyone else to warn them of the obvious dangers of high walls and deep fast flowing currents.
I think I would much rather hear about you being displeased about an ugly sign than hearing about a child that has drowned because the family was unaware of strong under currents.

If the are dangers then the council has an obligation to warn people about it, it's called a duty of care.
Maybe so, but what about a bit of common sense being demonstrated by said public?

We live in a world now whereby even if something is stupendously obvious, someone will end up falling/tripping/sli
pping/hurting themselves and then go on to sue and in most cases win some compensation for THEIR stupidity.
[quote][p][bold]Marty Caine[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]glendower2909[/bold] wrote: Please no more ugly signs to ruin what can be a beautiful place albeit at times dangerous place. If people can't make there own choices for the welfare of their children or indeed themselves then that is down to them As ever people's destiny is firmly in their own hands. It is not the responsibility of the council or anyone else to warn them of the obvious dangers of high walls and deep fast flowing currents.[/p][/quote]I think I would much rather hear about you being displeased about an ugly sign than hearing about a child that has drowned because the family was unaware of strong under currents. If the are dangers then the council has an obligation to warn people about it, it's called a duty of care.[/p][/quote]Maybe so, but what about a bit of common sense being demonstrated by said public? We live in a world now whereby even if something is stupendously obvious, someone will end up falling/tripping/sli pping/hurting themselves and then go on to sue and in most cases win some compensation for THEIR stupidity. Stereotyped
  • Score: 11

2:16pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Blossom8 says...

These railings are very DANGEROUS here any child can slip through them at any time crab fishing or not!!! It is about time Christchurch council put vertical bars all along the Quay wall or at least block it in with mesh wire to the horizontal bars at the base as a matter of Health and Safety.
A friend of ours slipped in and was quickly swept out in the run she was a strong swimmer and survived.
I can't stress enough how dangerous it is do we wait till a child drowns before the council takes notice the run is very fast running hence the name ..THE RUN.... and a child stands no chance of surviving.
Thank goodness this man was there to help save the child's life or it may have been a very different story with a very distressed mother and a loss of life to her child.
These railings are very DANGEROUS here any child can slip through them at any time crab fishing or not!!! It is about time Christchurch council put vertical bars all along the Quay wall or at least block it in with mesh wire to the horizontal bars at the base as a matter of Health and Safety. A friend of ours slipped in and was quickly swept out in the run she was a strong swimmer and survived. I can't stress enough how dangerous it is do we wait till a child drowns before the council takes notice the run is very fast running hence the name ..THE RUN.... and a child stands no chance of surviving. Thank goodness this man was there to help save the child's life or it may have been a very different story with a very distressed mother and a loss of life to her child. Blossom8
  • Score: 2

3:40pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Sir Cliff East says...

I nearly drowned once whilst eating a bowl of Museli.
I got pulled in by a strong currant.
I nearly drowned once whilst eating a bowl of Museli. I got pulled in by a strong currant. Sir Cliff East
  • Score: 7

4:25pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Lew Swimmin says...

Sir Cliff East wrote:
I nearly drowned once whilst eating a bowl of Museli.
I got pulled in by a strong currant.
That's because you're too pun-y
[quote][p][bold]Sir Cliff East[/bold] wrote: I nearly drowned once whilst eating a bowl of Museli. I got pulled in by a strong currant.[/p][/quote]That's because you're too pun-y Lew Swimmin
  • Score: 2

6:41pm Fri 1 Aug 14

scrumpyjack says...

Blossom8 wrote:
These railings are very DANGEROUS here any child can slip through them at any time crab fishing or not!!! It is about time Christchurch council put vertical bars all along the Quay wall or at least block it in with mesh wire to the horizontal bars at the base as a matter of Health and Safety.
A friend of ours slipped in and was quickly swept out in the run she was a strong swimmer and survived.
I can't stress enough how dangerous it is do we wait till a child drowns before the council takes notice the run is very fast running hence the name ..THE RUN.... and a child stands no chance of surviving.
Thank goodness this man was there to help save the child's life or it may have been a very different story with a very distressed mother and a loss of life to her child.
It's been there for decades with people crabbing; can anyone give an example of when a child has drowned there?

But you're proposing erecting a prohibative 'fun spoiling' fence at massive cost because you have decided you think it is dangerous?

I liked the old days where people decied for themselves if something was dangerous and acted accordingly.
[quote][p][bold]Blossom8[/bold] wrote: These railings are very DANGEROUS here any child can slip through them at any time crab fishing or not!!! It is about time Christchurch council put vertical bars all along the Quay wall or at least block it in with mesh wire to the horizontal bars at the base as a matter of Health and Safety. A friend of ours slipped in and was quickly swept out in the run she was a strong swimmer and survived. I can't stress enough how dangerous it is do we wait till a child drowns before the council takes notice the run is very fast running hence the name ..THE RUN.... and a child stands no chance of surviving. Thank goodness this man was there to help save the child's life or it may have been a very different story with a very distressed mother and a loss of life to her child.[/p][/quote]It's been there for decades with people crabbing; can anyone give an example of when a child has drowned there? But you're proposing erecting a prohibative 'fun spoiling' fence at massive cost because you have decided you think it is dangerous? I liked the old days where people decied for themselves if something was dangerous and acted accordingly. scrumpyjack
  • Score: 16

7:23pm Fri 1 Aug 14

glendower2909 says...

Sir Cliff East wrote:
I nearly drowned once whilst eating a bowl of Museli.
I got pulled in by a strong currant.
Fabulous. Happy to see someone with a sense of humour.

Please to all have commented above about health and safety please get a grip.

Do we really need signs beside a harbour wall to say "danger water"

On that basis then beside every street and road we need a notice warning about the danger of fast cars etc.

Not referring to the lady in original story but Really if a parent leaves a young child to play on a sea wall while they are In the cafe well deserve all they get

So what is the suggestion drain the harbour of water or surgically implant a flotation device to all at birth in case they fall in the sea.

Get a fuxking grip and take responsibility for your own lives
[quote][p][bold]Sir Cliff East[/bold] wrote: I nearly drowned once whilst eating a bowl of Museli. I got pulled in by a strong currant.[/p][/quote]Fabulous. Happy to see someone with a sense of humour. Please to all have commented above about health and safety please get a grip. Do we really need signs beside a harbour wall to say "danger water" On that basis then beside every street and road we need a notice warning about the danger of fast cars etc. Not referring to the lady in original story but Really if a parent leaves a young child to play on a sea wall while they are In the cafe well deserve all they get So what is the suggestion drain the harbour of water or surgically implant a flotation device to all at birth in case they fall in the sea. Get a fuxking grip and take responsibility for your own lives glendower2909
  • Score: 7

7:27pm Fri 1 Aug 14

glendower2909 says...

Marty Caine wrote:
glendower2909 wrote:
Please no more ugly signs to ruin what can be a beautiful place albeit at times dangerous place.

If people can't make there own choices for the welfare of their children or indeed themselves then that is down to them

As ever people's destiny is firmly in their own hands. It is not the responsibility of the council or anyone else to warn them of the obvious dangers of high walls and deep fast flowing currents.
I think I would much rather hear about you being displeased about an ugly sign than hearing about a child that has drowned because the family was unaware of strong under currents.

If the are dangers then the council has an obligation to warn people about it, it's called a duty of care.
Duty of scare you mean. Load of cods wallop. Where does it stop.
[quote][p][bold]Marty Caine[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]glendower2909[/bold] wrote: Please no more ugly signs to ruin what can be a beautiful place albeit at times dangerous place. If people can't make there own choices for the welfare of their children or indeed themselves then that is down to them As ever people's destiny is firmly in their own hands. It is not the responsibility of the council or anyone else to warn them of the obvious dangers of high walls and deep fast flowing currents.[/p][/quote]I think I would much rather hear about you being displeased about an ugly sign than hearing about a child that has drowned because the family was unaware of strong under currents. If the are dangers then the council has an obligation to warn people about it, it's called a duty of care.[/p][/quote]Duty of scare you mean. Load of cods wallop. Where does it stop. glendower2909
  • Score: 7

9:29pm Fri 1 Aug 14

aquasplash3 says...

Sir Cliff East wrote:
I nearly drowned once whilst eating a bowl of Museli.
I got pulled in by a strong currant.
You should dive into Mudeford Quay, then you could drown for real.
[quote][p][bold]Sir Cliff East[/bold] wrote: I nearly drowned once whilst eating a bowl of Museli. I got pulled in by a strong currant.[/p][/quote]You should dive into Mudeford Quay, then you could drown for real. aquasplash3
  • Score: 3

11:37pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Yankee1 says...

TheDistrict wrote:
Visiting Mudeford Quay on Monday we witnessed a small boy of about 3 climbing through the rails whilst his parents sat at the cafe oblivious to what was happening. Thankfully, myself and others saw what was taking place and stopped the boy. What was said to the parents is unprintable.
You are lucky you were not charged with attempting to abduct/interfere with a three year old.

The world has gone mad!
[quote][p][bold]TheDistrict[/bold] wrote: Visiting Mudeford Quay on Monday we witnessed a small boy of about 3 climbing through the rails whilst his parents sat at the cafe oblivious to what was happening. Thankfully, myself and others saw what was taking place and stopped the boy. What was said to the parents is unprintable.[/p][/quote]You are lucky you were not charged with attempting to abduct/interfere with a three year old. The world has gone mad! Yankee1
  • Score: 3

2:17pm Sat 2 Aug 14

bobthedestroyer says...

It's about time people started taking responsibility for themselves and their children. Simple as that.
It's about time people started taking responsibility for themselves and their children. Simple as that. bobthedestroyer
  • Score: 3

2:19pm Sat 2 Aug 14

bobthedestroyer says...

Marty Caine wrote:
glendower2909 wrote:
Please no more ugly signs to ruin what can be a beautiful place albeit at times dangerous place.

If people can't make there own choices for the welfare of their children or indeed themselves then that is down to them

As ever people's destiny is firmly in their own hands. It is not the responsibility of the council or anyone else to warn them of the obvious dangers of high walls and deep fast flowing currents.
I think I would much rather hear about you being displeased about an ugly sign than hearing about a child that has drowned because the family was unaware of strong under currents.

If the are dangers then the council has an obligation to warn people about it, it's called a duty of care.
Based on your comment the Council should install signs every couple of feet everywhere reminding us to be careful.
[quote][p][bold]Marty Caine[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]glendower2909[/bold] wrote: Please no more ugly signs to ruin what can be a beautiful place albeit at times dangerous place. If people can't make there own choices for the welfare of their children or indeed themselves then that is down to them As ever people's destiny is firmly in their own hands. It is not the responsibility of the council or anyone else to warn them of the obvious dangers of high walls and deep fast flowing currents.[/p][/quote]I think I would much rather hear about you being displeased about an ugly sign than hearing about a child that has drowned because the family was unaware of strong under currents. If the are dangers then the council has an obligation to warn people about it, it's called a duty of care.[/p][/quote]Based on your comment the Council should install signs every couple of feet everywhere reminding us to be careful. bobthedestroyer
  • Score: 3

3:52pm Sat 2 Aug 14

ragj195 says...

Marty Caine wrote:
glendower2909 wrote:
Please no more ugly signs to ruin what can be a beautiful place albeit at times dangerous place.

If people can't make there own choices for the welfare of their children or indeed themselves then that is down to them

As ever people's destiny is firmly in their own hands. It is not the responsibility of the council or anyone else to warn them of the obvious dangers of high walls and deep fast flowing currents.
I think I would much rather hear about you being displeased about an ugly sign than hearing about a child that has drowned because the family was unaware of strong under currents.

If the are dangers then the council has an obligation to warn people about it, it's called a duty of care.
Yeah because a railing followed by a 6ft drop with deep fast flowing water the other side isn't clear enough.
[quote][p][bold]Marty Caine[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]glendower2909[/bold] wrote: Please no more ugly signs to ruin what can be a beautiful place albeit at times dangerous place. If people can't make there own choices for the welfare of their children or indeed themselves then that is down to them As ever people's destiny is firmly in their own hands. It is not the responsibility of the council or anyone else to warn them of the obvious dangers of high walls and deep fast flowing currents.[/p][/quote]I think I would much rather hear about you being displeased about an ugly sign than hearing about a child that has drowned because the family was unaware of strong under currents. If the are dangers then the council has an obligation to warn people about it, it's called a duty of care.[/p][/quote]Yeah because a railing followed by a 6ft drop with deep fast flowing water the other side isn't clear enough. ragj195
  • Score: 5

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