Man gashed in Felixstowe sea accident

FURIOUS Thomas Haslam is nursing a stitched and bandaged leg today after being gashed as he waded into the sea at Felixstowe.Mr Haslam had decided to cool off in the sea at Cobbold Point on Sunday when he walked into a sharp stake which he had not seen under the water.

FURIOUS Thomas Haslam is nursing a stitched and bandaged leg today after being gashed as he waded into the sea at Felixstowe.

Mr Haslam had decided to cool off in the sea at Cobbold Point on Sunday when he walked into a sharp stake which he had not seen under the water.

His injury was so bad that he had to be taken to Felixstowe General Hospital.

And he claims that soon after he was injured one boy dived on top of the stake and gashed his stomach while another person hurt their leg.


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Today Suffolk Coastal District Council said that the problem was being dealt with and more warning signs were put up.

However for Mr Haslam that is too late. He has a number of health problems which prevent him from taking antibiotics that can fight against any infection that might have been caused.

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Now Mr Haslam, from Darwin Road, Ipswich, wants to warn others to take care if they are tempted to go into the sea and is also calling for better signs in the area to warn people.

He said: "There were lots of people in the sea.

"I did not see any warning signs.

"I have to take great care of myself and if I thought there was any possibility that I might have hurt myself there was no way that I would have gone in."

John Cresswell, from the Felixstowe Volunteer Rescue Patrol said that two people had needed hospital treatment because of this kind of injury on Sunday.

A spokesman from Suffolk Coastal said that the site has now been inspected and at least three wooden stakes from the pier have been identified.

Engineers check the beach on a weekly basis and resort assistants give daily back up.

He said: "New warning notices are being put up, and we hope to have a buoy attached to each stake to act as a further warning until we can get them removed.

"There is an information board on the prom at the point where the incidents

occur which does contain a general warning that people should keep an eye

for possible underwater obstructions. We hope that the new signs and the

buoys will keep swimmers away from these latest obstructions."

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