Ian Brockwell, 7, swings on the rope at the Nana Glen waterhole to join sister Heather, 21.
Ian Brockwell, 7, swings on the rope at the Nana Glen waterhole to join sister Heather, 21.

Spikes in waterhole

By KIREN THANDI

A MALICIOUS act has horrified a Nana Glen parent, who fears for the safety of his and other people's children.

The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, found a 90cm metal stake stuck in the mud in the water of the watering hole at Archie Hunter Park.

The stake was placed in the landing zone of a rope swing that children use.

"Other items I removed from the water at that location include sharp wooden stakes sticking 15 to 30 centimetres out of the mud, part of a fence, and a fishing line," he said.

"I may not have felt so suspicious of there being deliberate intention to harm, had I not had the experience a few years ago of finding thin wires strung across playground equipment at Diggers Beach, which reminded me of hearing of razor blades embedded in a water slide in the region some years ago ? all of which has left me in doubt of the sanity of some of our fellow citizens."

Many children and teenagers use the area, particularly in the warm weather, and not all of them check the murky water to make sure there is nothing dangerous lying beneath before swinging off the rope.

The man recommends all parents check before letting their children use the swimming hole, stressing that it is important to educate users in safe procedures, rather than close the facility.

"Removing the swing is not the answer," he said. "Our world has already been sanitised too much."

Swimming in lakes or rivers with murky waters can be a hazard, and it is important to make safety paramount should you or children decide to swim in such waters.

Remember, children should always swim with an adult, beware of slippery banks, check the water before entering ? you can swim upright and drag your feet along the bottom ? check that it's safe for diving, beware of boats, and read and obey all signs.



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