Three people fall into Walsall Canal thinking weeds are grass

THREE folks fall into similar canal after all of them mistake this inexperienced algae for grass

  • Man, 18, stepped into Walsall Canal after a meal at Nando’s on October 5 
  • Got here minutes earlier than Steve Worthington, 41, and son Lewis, 11, additionally fell in 
  • Canal & Rivers Belief says it’s ‘ongoing battle’ to clear greenery and indicators are up 

Three folks fell in the identical canal in a single night after mistaking water weeds for a grass garden.

A 19-year-old man plunged into the icy Walsall Canal on October 5 after mistaking overgrown algae for a path. 

Minutes later Steve Worthington, 41, and his son Lewis, 11, additionally discovered themselves underwater after complicated the algae for grass. 

The Canal & Rivers Belief, the charity entrusted with caring for Britain’s waterways, says it’s an ‘ongoing battle’ to clear the weeds and so they have put indicators up in a bid to keep away from additional accidents. 

Three folks fell within the Walsall Canal in a single night after mistaking water weeds for a grass garden

The 19-year-old had simply loved a meal at Nando’s in Walsall when he stepped straight into the water, panicking as a result of he’s unable to swim. 

He was fortunately pulled out by associates, with the assistance of a passer by, and made his strategy to a close-by Premier Inn the place lodge employees gave him towels so he might dry himself off earlier than heading dwelling. 

Steve Worthington, 41, and his son Lewis, 11, (pictured together) found themselves underwater after confusing the algae for grass

Steve Worthington, 41, and his son Lewis, 11, (pictured collectively) discovered themselves underwater after complicated the algae for grass

His mom, who wished to stay nameless, mentioned the incident, which occurred at round 7.30pm on October 4, had left her son ‘traumatised’. 

She added: ‘My son was along with his associates and noticed what regarded like a grass path, so walked on it and simply fell in. He mentioned he was in there for about 20 seconds. 

‘He noticed what regarded like a tyre on the backside so he put his foot on that to push him up a bit. 

Fortunately his two associates and a passer by pulled him out, my son cannot swim.’ The mother-of-two, who lives in Darlaston, mentioned when her son was ‘soaked’ when he arrived dwelling. 

She continued: ‘I assumed he was joking when he first instructed me. It gave him such a shock, it has left us all feeling shocked about what occurred. 

‘This might occur to anybody, one thing must be finished – or are they ready for somebody to fall in and die. I simply thank God he got here out with the assistance of associates and a passer by. It is horrible interested by what might have occurred.’ 

The teenager’s fall would have occurred a matter of minutes earlier than Steve Worthington and his 11-year-old son, Lewis, stepped straight into the water – additionally believing the weeds had been grass . 

The 41-year-old needed to battle to maintain his lad’s head above the water as they desperately tried to clamber to security. ‘We simply stepped straight in and went straight below the water,’ he mentioned. 

‘We have now by no means been down there and we could not see any warning indicators in place. The entire space is thick inexperienced weeds – it seems to be similar to grass. 

A 19-year-old man plunged into the icy Walsall Canal on October 5 after enjoying a meal at Nando's nearby and mistaking overgrown algae for a path

A 19-year-old man plunged into the icy Walsall Canal on October 5 after having fun with a meal at Nando’s close by and mistaking overgrown algae for a path

A spokesman for the Canal & River Belief, which oversees the waterway close to to the positioning, mentioned: ‘We’re conscious that there’s a downside with an overgrowth of weed within the basin, which might make it appear as if the realm is roofed in thick grass, hiding the water beneath. 

‘Security indicators have been put in on the basin warning folks of the hazard. 

‘Eradicating the weed is an ongoing battle and there can be a group from Canal & River Belief out within the basin to clear sections of the weed within the subsequent few days.’