A grandmother broke her wrist in three places after slipping off the wall of a seaside paddling pool.And what was a grandmother doing on the wall of a paddling pool?
Well, if the term ‘grandmother’ tends to conjure up a little, apple-cheeked old lady, better not linger on the accompanying photo…
Mary’s grandsons, aged 18, 11 and five, and her ten-year-old granddaughter set off along the rocky wall around the pool, which is covered in slippery seaweed, to reach some other children who were crabbing.Hmmm, well, if you’re going to walk along a slippery, seaweed-coated wall, then clearly you only have
The five year-old slipped, but was grabbed and lifted to safety by his eldest brother.
The shock of seeing her grandson lose his balance caused Mrs Chalk, who had gone with them, to fall into the pool, where she landed awkwardly and broke her wrist in three places.
She said: “It is not safe at all. They shouldn’t let anyone, adults or children, along that wall.And how exactly are they supposed to stop idiots like you from climbing on the wall, and letting their five year olds climb on the wall? Build another wall around that one, perhaps?
“It is just waiting for a child to slip over and kill themselves.
“I’m just glad it happened to me and not one of my grandchildren.”
And she wasn’t the only adult in the party, either:
Her son Lee, 41, who went to try and help his mum after she fell, also slipped on the wall and cut his hand on a shell, but did not need medical treatment.No doubt that big cheer you just heard was the long-suffering residents of Canvey…
Sherina Chalk, from Orsett, said: “It was so upsetting.
“My poor mum was in so much pain, but she tried to keep her wrist under the water so the children couldn’t see how badly it was broken.
“We certainly won’t be taking our family down there again.”
Andrew Smith, contracts officer at Castle Point Council, said: “We are very sorry to hear about Mrs Chalk’s accident. This is the first we have heard about it, as it was not reported to us.Indeed.
“There are safety signs at the pool, but it is a matter of common sense for users and parents to see that some areas are covered by the natural growth of weed and to be careful. After all, this is a beach.”
Life’s a beach, and sometimes you fall off a wall, Mrs Chalk…