OAP tells of drowning fears after falling into hidden pool near Swansea beach
A PENSIONER says he almost drowned after falling into a pool of water and vegetation close to Swansea beach.
Retired civil servant John Williams, his wife Barbara and their dog Blitz were walking back to their car after a walk on the beach when the incident happened.
The 73-year-old followed what appeared to be a path beaten through the undergrowth in response to what he described as a call from nature.
Mr Williams said he lost his footing and fell through what appeared to be vegetation floating on top of water.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Friday, May 31 2013
He said: "I dropped through the surface matting, finished up face down in the water and other stuff.
"Blitz joined me.
"The water was maybe two feet, maybe three feet deep, my memory is vague.
"I managed to get my head above the water, saw Blitz dog paddling beside me.
"I was touching the bottom, but I couldn't stand up, probably an age thing, without something to hang onto. Everything I grabbed just came away in my hand.
"Looking back, I realise I was disorientated, confused, and floundering.
"Eventually, I crawled through the floating debris and managed to stand up.
"By this time Blitz appeared to have given up, he had stopped dog-paddling, and was just floating in the water, with his chin resting on the floating vegetation.
"I reckon we were in the water for minutes rather than seconds.
"I dragged Blitz towards me and struggled back onto Terra Firma, just as my wife appeared, coming back to find out what was keeping me.
"I believe I could easily have drowned.
"I believe that a child would very probably have drowned, and possibly disappeared beneath the floating vegetation.
"And this was the sort of place kids would love to explore while their parents picnic only a few yards away."
Mr Williams returned to his car and found his remote key fob no longer worked.
He added: "Luckily my wife had her keys, including the second fob for my car, with her."
A Swansea Council spokesman said: "It's only natural that the recent wet and windy weather will have had an impact on sandy areas of woodland so close to the coast.
"We will arrange for a member of our staff to visit the spot where this unfortunate accident happened to see if anything can be done, but we'd also urge members of the public to stick to the footpaths we have in the area."