Safety standards questioned after Cotswold death

Cotswold District Council and the police are investigating after a 15-year-old London girl died after being pulled unconscious from the water by a member of the public at a bathing lake at Cotswold Water Park.

Witnesses said there were insufficient staff available but Watermark, who look after the facility, said that four lifeguards were on site. They also pointed out that there are signs advising families to supervise their own children.

After the incident it came to light that the local parish council had previously raised concerns and written to the district council on what they saw as insufficient first aid cover and too few lifeguards. The parish council requested an investigation to allay concerns about public safety, but Cotswold District Council passed the letter to the HSE. This prompted councillor Esmond Jenkins to say “There’s a question mark now as to whether Cotswold District Council realised they had been responsible for the place or are indeed responsible for the place in health and safety terms”.

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