Mum of tragic teen Jamie Phillips calls for safety improvements at North Dock following another death
THE mum of tragic teen Jamie Phillips has called for Llanelli's North Dock to be completely closed up after another death at the site.
Over the two years since her 17-year-old son drowned, Janet Morris, of Dafen, has repeatedly called for improved safety at North Dock.
The concerned mum's renewed plea for action comes after 46-year-old Karol Jan Rutkowski's body was found in the water last Monday.
Speaking on behalf of her family, Mrs Morris, 54, said: "We feel it should be closed up completely.
"It should be completely filled and finished with.
"It's taking people's lives. I feel that it's a pointless situation, it should be improved or done away with."
Although her view was echoed by members of the Glanymor and Tyisha Safer Communities Action Group (SCAG) at Thursday's meeting, a Carmarthenshire Council spokesman said the necessary precautions, including fencing, had been taken.
SCAG chairwoman Vanessa Marsh said something should be done to avoid tragedies in the future.
She said: "It's a little bit worrying that there have been two deaths in North Dock. Do you think that it is time that the council put some fencing round the dock for safety's sake, now that it seems to be very shallow?"
Glanymor PCSO Ben Williams said: "With the dock, because it is just stagnant water, when it's cold, the body just shuts down. What happened with the recent one, I'm not sure."
A spokesman for Carmarthenshire Council, which owns North Dock, said it was professionally designed as a recreational water sports centre, with a maximum depth of four feet and shallow sides to allow people to walk in similarly to a beach.
"Its original dock walls on two sides are protected by specially designed rails," he said.
"It also has pedaloes and a walk on water spheres attraction, and is a centre of excellence for canoeing and wake board training because it has a stand up depth of under four feet.
"It is a favourite training area for the swimming element for triathletes and there are nine B-line or lifebelt stations around its perimeter.
"There are signs warning against diving at its dock gate entrance which allows for the water to be refreshed or replenished on spring tides. Before it was filled in for recreational water sports the dock, which has a busy working and naval history, was more than 25ft deep."