Norfolk holiday park fined after swimmer found unconscious

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A Norfolk holiday park and its safety consultant have been fined over £105,000 after a swimmer was pulled unconscious from a pool which had not been monitored by CCTV.

North Norfolk District Council prosecuted following an investigation into the incident in March 2017 at Woodland Caravan Site in Trimingham.

Chelmsford Magistrates Court heard on 20 September how the swimmer had got into difficulty and was under the water for more than five minutes before being rescued by other swimmers.

It was also heard how Alan Baugh, a safety consultant from Great Yarmouth, trading as Foley and Baugh Associates, had provided “inadequate” health and safety consultancy and advice services to the holiday park.

Foley and Baugh Associates was fined £5137 for breaching section 33(1)(a) duties under section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Woodland Caravan Site had to pay £103,120 in fines, costs and a victim surcharge for the same offence.

Cllr. Sarah Bütikofer, leader of North Norfolk District Council, said the fine should reaffirm for businesses the need to ensure the health and safety of their customers, especially in swimming pools “where the risks are well known and the need for effective supervision is absolutely necessary”.

She said:  “If businesses are using safety consultants they must ensure that they are receiving an adequate and suitable service from them, otherwise they may both face action if problems arise, as in this case.

The swimmer was hospitalised after the incident and has since made a good recovery. But the councillor stressed that: “The outcome for the swimmer could have been very different had it not been for the commendable actions of the members of the public in the pool at the time.”

Woodland Caravan Site in Trimingham offers luxury hire accommodation alongside caravans including Scandinavian lodges and woodland cabins.  It announced last year the renovation of its leisure centre “turning what is already a fantastic facility, into a luxury and state-of-the-art spa.”

It is based off the B1159 coast road, between Cromer and Mundesley in North Norfolk.


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