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The number of people who have died in after getting into difficulty in the water raised to 5 in 24 hours.this weekend.
On Saturday afternoon an 11-year-old boy was found dead in the river at Alexander Hamilton memorial park in Stonehouse, South and a woman. a child and a man died after getting into difficulty in . A 16-year-old boy died in the water at Balloch country park, at the southern point of Loch Lomond, on Friday.
theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/j

@pandora even in my youth swimming was only taught in PE at junior school (up to age 11) - its not as common in high school PE lessons as many high schools can't afford to keep a pool maintained, and kids actively avoid it due to body shame issues and concerns (not always unjustified) over voyeurism both in school premises and at public swimming pools.

So there are whole generations who aren't as good at swimming as they once were and few taught how to deal with emergencies..

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@pandora in my (private) single gender middle school (called a prep school) swimming was highly encouraged - but the chaplain got caught out organising *nude* swims and covertly taking photographs of the lads - this was in 1980s but he only got arrested and sent to prison in *2000s* (and also twice defrocked from the Church of England, who even had to pass new canon law as they had never dealt with a case like this before...

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@vfrmedia
Whew ... I'm speechless and not sure what to say. How do you feel about this now as an adult? I can't imagine what it must be like to have your childhood memories include a paedophile.

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@pandora TBH it was "just another thing" along with racism that I had to cope with in the 1980s (I knew a nude swim wasn't legit, so just did not turn up for that PE lesson and hid somewhere else in the school building) - what annoyed me more was how he didn't get caught until 20 years later and he got a very light prison sentence, not even a year. A lot of British folk of my generation have similar memories...

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@vfrmedia
I'm glad you were so prudent even as a child.
I agree, it is unbelievable what they got & still get away with. In the German archdiocese of Cologne, even the current archbishop has been lenient (to say the least) in dealing with the paedophile abuse that happened there in 1975 - 2018. Unfortunately, most of the cases only came to light after the death of the abusers, so that there were no legal consequences.
dw.com/en/pope-orders-inquiry-

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