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    Four Year Old Boy Swept Out To Sea In Somerset

    Happened yesterday afternoon. A search was launched after he slipped off a jetty into the water. His mum and dad were treated at the scene by paramedics for water ingestion after they went in trying to save him.

    They're saying this morning that it's now a recovery operation not a rescue.

    Can't see a happy ending here.

    I have to ask though, what were the parents doing to enable him to end up in the sea??

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...set-jetty.html

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    Devastated for the child and his family. No parent could ever contemplate this happening to their child and it's something which they will never recover from.

    Your question about what the parents were doing is something that will replay in their heads for the rest of their lives. But, what I think they were doing was enjoying a day out with their family and then the worst possible scenario that you think will never happen to you because you'd never be so stupid, then happens.

    To me there is no blame and none should be attributed by others on to the parents. They'll be doing that to themselves anyway. It's an awful tragedy and it should be left at that.

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    Can I ask Preston Lad if you have any children? You appear very quick to pass blame on the parents when the likely hood is that this is a tragic accident that could happen to any child.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tankpark View Post
    Devastated for the child and his family. No parent could ever contemplate this happening to their child and it's something which they will never recover from.

    Your question about what the parents were doing is something that will replay in their heads for the rest of their lives. But, what I think they were doing was enjoying a day out with their family and then the worst possible scenario that you think will never happen to you because you'd never be so stupid, then happens.

    To me there is no blame and none should be attributed by others on to the parents. They'll be doing that to themselves anyway. It's an awful tragedy and it should be left at that.
    This.

    Whilst on such things as a jetty you would be extra vigilant, it only takes a second for a child to step off the edge. It must be fucking heart wrenching for something like this to happen and my sympathy goes out to the couple.
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    You need to look after your kids, but there are limits. You can wrap your kids up in cotton wool if never want them to face any risks. But IMO, that would be bad parenting.

    The trouble is, if it happens to be your child who is the one who suffers that 'one in a hundred thousand' event, you end up torturing yourself forever.

    On the basis of the reports, these parents deserve nothing but 100% sympathy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nobber View Post
    Can I ask Preston Lad if you have any children? You appear very quick to pass blame on the parents when the likely hood is that this is a tragic accident that could happen to any child.
    Got two kids Nobber, the youngest one is two.

    There is no way on earth I'd let him wander round on a jetty 100 yards out to sea with the tide in around it.

    All I'm saying is why wasn't someone holding his hand or carrying him??

    It must have been horrifying for the parents and the little un, God bless him, but what I'm getting at is that this was totally preventable.

    You're right in saying though that this is an absolute tragedy!!

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    Awful tragedy and completely agree with the post by tankpark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Preston Lad View Post
    Got two kids Nobber, the youngest one is two.

    There is no way on earth I'd let him wander round on a jetty 100 yards out to sea with the tide in around it.

    All I'm saying is why wasn't someone holding his hand or carrying him??

    It must have been horrifying for the parents and the little un, God bless him, but what I'm getting at is that this was totally preventable.

    You're right in saying though that this is an absolute tragedy!!
    Accidents will always happen, regardless of how careful you are. The family deserve nothing but sympathy as far as we know, so it's more than harsh what you posted earlier.
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    Nothing but sympathy. Water is still a big unknown to a lot of people. In a different place he could have slipped off a jetty and been scooped out no trouble, here though different story.

    I think of myself as a decent swimmer yet even today had a panic in some waves when the floor suddenly wasn't there and the undercurrent was stronger than I thought. My kids(and a lot of friends kids) were only 30 yards away but playing fine in the same water. We watched them, more carefully but still let them stay in the shallows due to our views it was still safe

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    It's now being reported that it's likely his body has been washed out to sea. This has come after a specialist Sonar team using an underwater robot could find no trace of him.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-19340785

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