Pupils get safety talk after Daniel McCullagh death

Debbie Turnbull from the River & Sea Sense charity
Debbie Turnbull from the River & Sea Sense charity

School friends of a teenager who died after swimming in a county river have been taught about the importance of being safe around water.

Daniel McCullagh, from Woodford, died on July 24 after swimming in the River Nene.

He went to Huxlow Science College in Irthlingborough, and this week the school invited Debbie Turnbull, who set up the River & Sea Sense organisation after her 15-year-old son Chris died after falling into a Welsh river six years ago, to speak to pupils about the dangers of playing in and near water.

She said: “It means a lot because I lost my son and I don’t want it to happen again.

“I want to get the safety message out further across the country.”

Assistant headteacher Laura Gauvrit said: “Debbie’s story is much like our own with Daniel.

“After Daniel’s death we did look at what we already had in place to teach about safety, and what we could add to that.

“River & Sea Sense is just one that we are looking to do to promote safety at weekends and evenings when pupils are not in school.

“You can’t prevent students from making the wrong choices but hopefully you can give then the information for them to help themselves.”

Year 7 pupil Ged Bell, 11, said: “I think it’s important to know about being careful and to stay safe around water.

“I didn’t know Daniel, but I heard that it happened near where I live and it has made me more careful and sensible.”

For more details visit the website www.riverandseasense.com.