Bolton students star in film to tackle teen summer swim tragedies
18th June 2012
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Two students from Bolton are starring in a hard-hitting film, to warn North West youngsters about the potentially fatal consequences of swimming in reservoirs. 

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18 year old, Stewart Crank from Great Lever, plays the part of a teenage boy who decides to swim in a local reservoir while trying to impress a girl, played by 21 year old Chelsea Edge from Farnworth.

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This chillingly realistic safety awareness film has been launched today on by water company United Utilities, and uses video gaming style graphics to help convey its message. It is also being backed by the region’s emergency services, including Lancashire Fire & Rescue, Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue and the North West Ambulance Service.

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Stewart, an A ‘level student at Canon Slade School, said: “You just don’t realise how dangerous swimming in a reservoir can be. It was a hot day when we filmed the scenes, but the water felt freezing cold and it really does take your breath away. I can understand why even the strongest of swimmers can get into trouble, just like my character did.”

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Mark Byard, United Utilities’ health and safety manager, said: “If you lose a life in a computer game you just start again. But real life isn’t like that. By combining realistic footage of a drowning incident with gaming style graphics, we wanted to hit home with teenagers that swimming in reservoirs is no game. Far from being fun, it can be fatal and there are no second chances.”

Chief Fire Officer for Lancashire, Peter Holland, said: "Firefighters called out to these incidents know only too well that the combination of hot, dry weather and the temptation to cool off in rivers, lakes and ponds is something that takes a toll in lives on a regular basis.”

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In the past four years nine people have drowned in North West reservoirs and other bodies of water in the North West, the most recent of which being 15 year old Thomas Barton from Chorley who tragically died last month at Birkacre Brow in Yarrow Valley Park. 

United Utilities has a number of reservoirs in the Bolton region and across the North West, and although there have been no fatalities in these during recent years, its new initiative aims to warn people about the dangers. 

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