Heartbroken mum whose son drowned unveils life-saving equipment at South Yorkshire reservoir

Beckie Ramsay with pictures of her son Dylan.
Beckie Ramsay with pictures of her son Dylan.

A mum whose teenage son drowned while swimming in a disused quarry has unveiled new life-saving equipment at a reservoir in the hope of preventing another tragedy.

South Yorkshire’s first ever throwline station has been installed at Ulley Country Park in Rotherham and has been dedicated to 13-year-old Dylan Ramsay, who drowned while swimming in a quarry near Chorley, Lancashire, six years ago.

Ulley Reservoir.

Ulley Reservoir.

The life-saving equipment is locked in a cabinet to prevent it from being vandalised after some life rings were damaged by yobs. It offers a potential lifeline to thousands of people who may get into difficulty in the water who visit the park every year.

It was unveiled by Dylan's mum Beckie as part of her 'Doing It For Dylan' campaign to improve safety around waterways across the country.

She said: "Dylan was so special and had so much to live for that I can’t allow for him to have died in vein. I need to ensure that his death wasn’t for nothing.

“This is one of the first safety pieces that’s been dedicated to Dylan, and to know that it’s the first one in South Yorkshire.

"It’s truly amazing to know that Dylan is leaving this legacy and people are learning from what happened."

Around 400 people needlessly drown in the UK every year and thousands more suffer injuries.

Steve Helps, area manager at South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, said: "This is a fantastic initiative and will go a long way to protect those who visit Ulley Country Park on a daily basis.

"I’m sure it will be the first of many throwline stations within South Yorkshire."