People Fall In Canal After Mistaking Weeds for Grass
Thu, April 22, 2021

People Fall In Canal After Mistaking Weeds for Grass

 

On October 5, three people fell in a weed-covered canal as they mistook it for grass, reports Jen Mills of the UK’s highest-circulating newspaper Metro. One of the victims was a 19-year-old man, who had been at Nando’s in West Midlands and stepped straight into the water. As the teenager was unable to swim, he struggled to keep his head afloat. He was pulled out by his friends and a passerby. He went to a nearby Premier Inn, where the staff gave him towels to dry himself before heading home.  

 

 

Photo Credit: BPM Media (via Metro)

 

The 19-year-old’s mother, who chose to remain anonymous, said the incident left her son “traumatized.” The incident occurred around 7:30 p.m. on October 4. She states, “My son was with his friends and saw what looked like a grass path, so walked on it and just fell in. He said he was in there for about 20 seconds.” Her son saw an object similar to a tire and stepped on it to push himself up.

The mother-of-two notes that her teenage son was “soaked” when he arrived home. She says, “‘I thought he was joking when he first told me. It gave him such a shock, it has left us all feeling shocked about what happened.” The incident could happen to anyone, and she believes something needs to be done before someone falls and dies.

 

 

Photo Credit: BPM Media (via Metro)

 

Meanwhile, Steve Worthington, 41, and his 11-year-old son, Lewis, fell in the canal, also believing the weeds were grass. The pair desperately attempted to clamber to safety, as well as keeping Lewis’s head up. Steve narrates, “We have never been down there and we couldn’t see any warning signs in place. The whole area is thick green weeds – it looks just like grass.”

A spokesperson for the Canal & River Trust, which oversees the waterway near the area, acknowledges that a weed overgrowth occurred in the basin, making the site appear to be covered in thick grass. Safety signs have also been installed to warn people. The spokesman continues, “Removing the weed is an ongoing battle and there will be a team from Canal & River Trust out in the basin to clear sections of the weed in the next few days.”

 

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