Keighley councillor calls for Tinker Bridge safety signs after accident leaves youngster critically ill

Tinker Bridge on the North Beck, between Fell Lane and North Dean Road, Keighley

Tinker Bridge on the North Beck, between Fell Lane and North Dean Road, Keighley

Tinker Bridge on the North Beck, between Fell Lane and North Dean Road, Keighley

Tinker Bridge on the North Beck, between Fell Lane and North Dean Road, Keighley

Tinker Bridge on the North Beck, between Fell Lane and North Dean Road, Keighley

The weir that was the scene of a rescue when a boy fell into the North Beck, between Fell Lane and North Dean Road, Keighley

The weir that was the scene of a rescue when a boy fell into the North Beck, between Fell Lane and North Dean Road, Keighley

First published in Keighley

URGENT demands are being made for safety warning signs to be placed at a Keighley beauty spot where a young boy was critically injured.

And a shocked Keighley town councillor says the area around Tinker Bridge, North Beck, should also be fenced off.

Coun John Kirby said he was prepared to face public criticism over the move, but added: "I'd rather have people shout at me than have another person fall and get hurt."

An eight-year-old boy remains in a critical condition after being pulled from the water at Tinker Bridge, off North Dean Road, at 11.30am on Sunday. (July 27)

It is believed the child struck his head when he fell into the water, then remained unconscious beneath the surface for about five minutes.

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "A crew from Keighley Fire Station was first on the scene, where three to four adult members of the public had already entered the water and were attempting to rescue the eight-year-old.

"Firefighters entered the water forming a human chain and began a search along with police officers and members of the public.

"The youngster was located by fire service personnel and carried to the bank, where a second crew from Bingley delivered basic life support alongside ambulance paramedics. The youngster was then flown to hospital by air ambulance."

Ian and Marion McClelland, who live nearby, said a girl aged around nine had run up to their home to raise the alarm.

Mr McClelland said: "This little lass came shouting up here, and said, 'somebody's drowning down at Tinker'.

"My friend and his daughter shot down there in their Land Rover, and my friend jumped in.

"Another young lad went down and jumped in, and I went and jumped in."

Coun Kirby, of Laycock & Braithwaite ward, visited Tinker Bridge on Tuesday. (July 29).

"At the moment there are no signs there to warn people of the danger," he said.

"We're urging people to keep out of the water, because we don't want another tragedy.

"I'd love to have this land fenced off. It has been fenced in the past, but this has been pulled down over the years."

Keighley West ward councillor Brian Morris said he believed educating children to be aware of the risks posed by water would be more effective than putting up signs.

"Children should be taught that it can be dangerous, and if something does go wrong, it isn't a game. It can be very serious indeed," he said.

"Parents need to educate their children. Hopefully this will be a warning to others."

Margaret Sunderland, 73, of Intake Farm, near Tinker Bridge, said: "They need to put some boulders up to stop the children going down there. A fence isn't enough, because it'll just get torn down again."

John Garbutt, 66, of Wood Mill Farm, which is further up North Beck, said: "Of course you can't stop kids playing, but they need adult supervision."

In the incident's aftermath, police asked people not to play in streams, rivers, lakes and canals.

Inspector Sue Sanderson, of Keighley Area Neighbourhood Team, said: "There are no lifeguards in case someone gets into difficulty and there can be hidden currents.

"The temperature of open water is often very cold. People suddenly entering cold water are susceptible to hyperventilation, which could result in the body going into seizure and possible drowning."

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7:02pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Little Green Man says...

If someone falls over in North Street are you going to fence that off? You can't put signs up everywhere and fence everything in - at some point you have to let people rely on their common sense. Even then accidents will happen - whats to stop kids falling and hurting themselves while climbing the fences you intend to erect?
If someone falls over in North Street are you going to fence that off? You can't put signs up everywhere and fence everything in - at some point you have to let people rely on their common sense. Even then accidents will happen - whats to stop kids falling and hurting themselves while climbing the fences you intend to erect? Little Green Man
  • Score: 8

7:25pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Mixter says...

Little Green Man wrote:
If someone falls over in North Street are you going to fence that off? You can't put signs up everywhere and fence everything in - at some point you have to let people rely on their common sense. Even then accidents will happen - whats to stop kids falling and hurting themselves while climbing the fences you intend to erect?
You put a notice on the fence telling them not to climb it, obviously.

I notice there are trees at Tinker Bridge, hopefully these will also have warning signs nailed to them, Similarly the barbed wire round the adjacent fields, lets have notices on this, along with the roads leading to the area - lets have 'no crossing' notices there as well. And...for the blind, lets have notices in braille. And lets not forget, we arent all indigenous nowadays, so notices in various languages as well would be in order.

Where will it end!
[quote][p][bold]Little Green Man[/bold] wrote: If someone falls over in North Street are you going to fence that off? You can't put signs up everywhere and fence everything in - at some point you have to let people rely on their common sense. Even then accidents will happen - whats to stop kids falling and hurting themselves while climbing the fences you intend to erect?[/p][/quote]You put a notice on the fence telling them not to climb it, obviously. I notice there are trees at Tinker Bridge, hopefully these will also have warning signs nailed to them, Similarly the barbed wire round the adjacent fields, lets have notices on this, along with the roads leading to the area - lets have 'no crossing' notices there as well. And...for the blind, lets have notices in braille. And lets not forget, we arent all indigenous nowadays, so notices in various languages as well would be in order. Where will it end! Mixter
  • Score: 6

11:56am Fri 1 Aug 14

Cornishlady says...

I agree with both of the above. As a child I too played at Tinker Bridge. I never actually jumped from the waterfall or even went into the water, we spent many happy hours there...and so have many others with never an accident,

It might be that parents when I was a girl took care of their little ones and made sure they were safe. I know my daughter and her friends often take picnics up there for the children and they are supervised which is what is needed at this spot. We cannot however, watch them every single minute.......acciden
ts happen.

I am desperately sorry for the family and this little boy, but it even happens in swimming pools especially overseas.....are we going to label everything. we all know that a few inches of water can be dangerous if someone is knocked unconscious they cannot get out of it. .........we just have to take care around certain places.

It annoys me that we have to take our children to Sutton Park for them to play in a paddling pool....where are all the pools from the Keighley Parks....? filled in - can anyone tell me why.

Prayers for this little boy in the hope he makes a full recovery.
I agree with both of the above. As a child I too played at Tinker Bridge. I never actually jumped from the waterfall or even went into the water, we spent many happy hours there...and so have many others with never an accident, It might be that parents when I was a girl took care of their little ones and made sure they were safe. I know my daughter and her friends often take picnics up there for the children and they are supervised which is what is needed at this spot. We cannot however, watch them every single minute.......acciden ts happen. I am desperately sorry for the family and this little boy, but it even happens in swimming pools especially overseas.....are we going to label everything. we all know that a few inches of water can be dangerous if someone is knocked unconscious they cannot get out of it. .........we just have to take care around certain places. It annoys me that we have to take our children to Sutton Park for them to play in a paddling pool....where are all the pools from the Keighley Parks....? filled in - can anyone tell me why. Prayers for this little boy in the hope he makes a full recovery. Cornishlady
  • Score: 9

5:06pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Mixter says...

Sutton park, i believe, is under Craven, who know how to do things a little better than Bradford.
Sutton park, i believe, is under Craven, who know how to do things a little better than Bradford. Mixter
  • Score: -2

7:26pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Little Green Man says...

Cornishlady wrote:
I agree with both of the above. As a child I too played at Tinker Bridge. I never actually jumped from the waterfall or even went into the water, we spent many happy hours there...and so have many others with never an accident,

It might be that parents when I was a girl took care of their little ones and made sure they were safe. I know my daughter and her friends often take picnics up there for the children and they are supervised which is what is needed at this spot. We cannot however, watch them every single minute.......acciden

ts happen.

I am desperately sorry for the family and this little boy, but it even happens in swimming pools especially overseas.....are we going to label everything. we all know that a few inches of water can be dangerous if someone is knocked unconscious they cannot get out of it. .........we just have to take care around certain places.

It annoys me that we have to take our children to Sutton Park for them to play in a paddling pool....where are all the pools from the Keighley Parks....? filled in - can anyone tell me why.

Prayers for this little boy in the hope he makes a full recovery.
I also agree with everything you say, especially in wishing the boy a full recovery.

I can't help wondering though at the motivation of the remarks by the councillor in the story - is he using this unfortunate accident to promote himself? Or is he simply reacting in an ill-conceived, knee jerk manner? In either case do we want such a person as councillor?
[quote][p][bold]Cornishlady[/bold] wrote: I agree with both of the above. As a child I too played at Tinker Bridge. I never actually jumped from the waterfall or even went into the water, we spent many happy hours there...and so have many others with never an accident, It might be that parents when I was a girl took care of their little ones and made sure they were safe. I know my daughter and her friends often take picnics up there for the children and they are supervised which is what is needed at this spot. We cannot however, watch them every single minute.......acciden ts happen. I am desperately sorry for the family and this little boy, but it even happens in swimming pools especially overseas.....are we going to label everything. we all know that a few inches of water can be dangerous if someone is knocked unconscious they cannot get out of it. .........we just have to take care around certain places. It annoys me that we have to take our children to Sutton Park for them to play in a paddling pool....where are all the pools from the Keighley Parks....? filled in - can anyone tell me why. Prayers for this little boy in the hope he makes a full recovery.[/p][/quote]I also agree with everything you say, especially in wishing the boy a full recovery. I can't help wondering though at the motivation of the remarks by the councillor in the story - is he using this unfortunate accident to promote himself? Or is he simply reacting in an ill-conceived, knee jerk manner? In either case do we want such a person as councillor? Little Green Man
  • Score: 0

12:58am Sat 2 Aug 14

mark worden says...

Sadly this is not the first incident at the water fall at tinker bridge back in the 1960`s I remember a boy drowning in the bottom of the waterfall. they were looking for days before they found him. I gather they filled in the pool to make it shallower.
Sadly this is not the first incident at the water fall at tinker bridge back in the 1960`s I remember a boy drowning in the bottom of the waterfall. they were looking for days before they found him. I gather they filled in the pool to make it shallower. mark worden
  • Score: 1

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