Mother’s safe swimming warning after drowning of teenage son Philip

Phillip Law, 15, from the Rawmarsh area, died after being pulled from lake on Manvers Way.

Phillip Law, 15, from the Rawmarsh area, died after being pulled from lake on Manvers Way.

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THE mum of a South Yorkshire teenager who died swimming in open water has warned youngsters not to risk their lives.

Philip Law died aged 15 at Manvers Lake, Wath-upon-Dearne, when he was dragged under by fierce currents two years ago.

His was the third death at the lake - after Darren Baggley, 15, died in 1997 and Adam Peterson, 18, died in 2005.

Mum Samantha Law, 41, of Rawmarsh, Rotherham, has now teamed up with police to deliver water safety courses at the scene to try to deter youngsters from swimming unsupervised.

A group of 15 students from St Pius School in Wath attended a session at the lake to hear Mrs Law give a poignant first-hand account of what it is like to lose a loved one.

Mrs Law said: “It may feel warm outside, but the water is still cold. It can put your system into shock.

“The effect it has on a family and the person’s friends is devastating. You never expect your kids to go before you do.

“Hopefully some good can come out of what happened.

“We don’t want to see another child or adult lose their life at any of our waterways.”

PC Craig White said: “If you want to swim do it in a safe environment.

“Join a club such as here at Manvers, where they provide wetsuits and supervised sessions.

“We teach the kids about all aspects of water safety, such as where to find lifebelts and who to ring if someone gets into difficulty and what to say on the phone to emergency services.

“We don’t want to be dealing with another tragedy this summer.”

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