Mum slams measures to stop swimmers at quarry

Dylan Ramsay craddling his baby cousin. The 13-year-old drowned at Hill Top Quarry, in Whittle-le-Woods, Chorley.
Dylan Ramsay craddling his baby cousin. The 13-year-old drowned at Hill Top Quarry, in Whittle-le-Woods, Chorley.

A grieving Chorley mother has slammed the attempts to close off a quarry where her 13-year-old son died.

Beckie Ramsay claims she is still struggling to come to terms with the death of her eldest son Dylan, but fears it is only a matter of time before someone else dies at the same spot in Whittle-le-Woods.

Beckie Ramsay at the scene where her son Dylan died

Beckie Ramsay at the scene where her son Dylan died

It’s just over a month since the year eight Parklands High School pupil died after he dived into the water at Little Quarries, in Hill Top Lane.

Now, the mum-of-four claims the attempts to block off access to the quarry and warn others of the dangers of swimming there don’t go far enough.

She said: “It has been a really tough time for us all and we decided to take the kids to Scotland to visit family to give them a break.

“Before we went we were promised that warning signs would be put up at the quarry and a family member rang us to tell us they were in place whilst we were away.

“As soon as we came back I went back up to the quarry, but I was left completely gob smacked.

“The warning signs are just pieces of paper that have been laminated.

“They warn that it is dangerous to swim there and that there may be falling rocks, but it’ll only take a bit of rain or bad weather and the signs will be ruined.

“Barbed wire has also been put up at both sides, but it’s not really a deterrent as it only covers part of the entrances.

“In fact it’s the thinnest barbed wire I have ever seen.”

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