Plans are in place for a series of new safety measures along the River Tyne following the tragic death of 13-year-old Robert Hattersley last month.
Teenager Crawcrook struggled while swimming in the Tyne near Prudhoe and Ovingham with friends in July. Robert was swept away by strong currents and those with him could not save him.
Now Councilor Angie Scott, who represents Prudhoe North and is a shadow cabinet member of Northumberland County Council for Children’s Services, has revealed the new safety measures plans.
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Councilor Scott, who herself was nearly swept away in the river as a teenager, told parents she was working with council officers and local groups to improve safety measures and provide counseling sessions. youth education.
She worked alongside the Prudhoe Youth Service and local schools, with plans to meet with emergency services and develop an “education pack” for young people to raise awareness of the dangers of the stretch of river. The package is to be agreed in the coming months, and Councilor Scott hopes this will help in the future.
She said: “Having only been elected just over a year ago, there was so much to pick up after years of neglect. I am proud to present this set of measures which I hope will have a positive impact and prevent any family from going through what the Hattersley family has.
“I have met with professionals, agreed on a work plan and will follow it closely to make sure it happens. It should have been done a long time ago, but I am happy to be the one to do it. will rectify.
“I will also be visiting the educational sessions we have been working on with the Prudhoe Youth Project, schools and emergency services.”
A six hour search was carried out by Northumbria Police, Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service, Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service, HM Coastguard and Mountain Rescue on July 17 in an attempt to save Robert, but tragically his body was later found in the water and pronounced dead at the scene.
Last week, Robert’s sister Emma paid tribute to her brother, describing him as a “great uncle” with a “cheeky, happy smile”. The family now raises awareness of water-related risks and the importance of being safe. They urged people to stop and think, to spot dangers, to stay together, to float in an emergency and to call 999.
A family fun day in memory of Robert will take place from 1pm at Crawcrook Albion on September 3. There will be kiddie and hook-a-duck rides, a football game, local crafts, dance performances, a disco, raffle as well as stalls, a bar and food. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.