Parents living in the Ballymagroarty and Hazelbank areas are being urged to be aware of the childrens’ whereabouts after a young girl got into difficulty at a storm drain near the Ringfort Road recently.
The incident took place last Tuesday and after arriving at the scene the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) used bolt cutters to free the young girl from behind the storm drain.
“NIFRS received a call at 8:27pm to a young person who was potentially trapped behind a storm train at the Drumard Park, Hazelbank area on Tuesday June 9,” a NIFRS told the ‘Journal’.
“Two fire appliances from Crescent Link Fire Station and one fire appliance from Northland Road Fire Station were deployed to the scene.
“Firefighters using bolt cutters managed to free the young female from behind the storm drain. The female was not injured during the incident.
Local Sinn Fein councillor for the area, Eric McGinley, called on parents to ensure young children did not use the storm drain as a place to play.
“Unfortunately some young children who have been playing at the stream have become trapped in the grills covering the drain and this has led to the NIFRS visiting the storm drain to free the children.
“I would call on parents to ensure that children are discouraged from playing at the culvert and to avoid the distress which the youngsters experience when they find themselves trapped.
“This would also ensure that the NIFRS’s resources do not become tied up responding to these situations.”