Bystander rescues teenager swimming in Blue Lagoon Belmont Reservoir

A teenager was taken to a hospital from a popular beauty spot today after being rescued by a brave member of the public after getting into trouble in the water.

The teenager had gone swimming in the Blue Lagoon – officially known as Ward’s Reservoir – in Belmont earlier in the day to “cool off” but ended up struggling.

Police said a member of the public got to safety and pulled the teenager out of the water before calling emergency services.

They were taken to hospital for treatment and are now recovering, however, police are now pointing out the dangers of swimming in tanks like this.

Blackburn with Darwen Police said: “Police went to ‘The Blue Lagoon’ off Stones Bank Road Darwen today after a report that a young teenager swam in an attempt to cool off.

“Unfortunately, he struggled and one member worried if the public very bravely dragged him out of the water to safety and called the police and ambulance for help.

“While this is commendable, I urge everyone not to swim in these areas because it is not safe.

“We understand the weather was great and you want to enjoy the scenery but use common sense don’t drink or swim in these areas next time maybe it won’t be such a great result. The young man was taken to hospital where he was treated and is recovering.

“Enjoy the rest of your weekend and stay safe.”

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