Last Updated on September 11, 2023, 5:58 am
Preston Mcnally, a teenage boy 16, passed away after entering Leeds Liverpool canal at Empire Way in Burnley.
A teenage boy, Preston McNally, died after entering the Leeds Liverpool canal at Empire Way in Burnley, Lancashire, England, on September 9, 2023.
The community of Lancashire mourns the death of beloved Preston Mcnelly. He was 16 years old bright young boy. He had his whole life ahead of him when tragedy struck and ended his time on earth. His family grieves the loss of their cherished son. The loved ones and community alike are shocked by this sudden passing, which hit them they were not expecting.
As Global warming worsens each year, its devastating effects are witnessed worldwide, like wildfires, floods, and droughts. As a result of Global warming, the world observes more heat waves every year around the world. The UK is no exception to it.
During a scorching heat wave, the UK hit its seventh consecutive day of 30C on Sunday. It has been recorded as the longest September heat wave. Saturday was officially the hottest day of the year in the UK, with a temperature of 32.2 recorded in London. People often turn to water bodies and engage in water supports to seek refuge from the scorching heat.
To numb the heat wave effect, 16-year-old Preston Mcnally did the same and entered the Liverpool Canal. However, it did not offer him comfort on that fateful day and swallowed him whole.
Emergency services were called to help him, and a search began in the canal and surrounding area at around 4:20 pm.
After three hours of search, the authorities recovered his body from the canal at approximately 7:17 pm. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Lancashire police released a statement regarding the heart-wrenching incident and supported the family and loved ones. It said they would continue their investigation to learn more about the circumstances that led to his death.
The statement said,
“A 16-year-old boy was pronounced deceased at the scene, and our thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this distressing time.
“Our inquiries are continuing.”
The tragic incident is a brutal reminder to practice safety measures around water bodies such as lakes, canals, seas, and rivers where people are drawn to dull the effect of heat in the summer. Quality swimming classes in a controlled environment can prevent such hazards.
The safety risks of swimming should be taught by parents, teachers, and the community. Life jackets should be used before engaging in activities in large, unfamiliar bodies of water. Moreover, activities in the water should only be legal where lifeguards have been appointed to ensure citizens’ safety further.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family. May they find solace in their time of aggrievement.
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