[pullquote align="left"]On this day we will remember him and our thoughts go out to his family, friends and those who tried to help him on that fateful day.[/pullquote]On this sunny day, 25th June, spare a thought back to the summer of 2007, for today was the day that the waters came rushing down Boothferry Hill.
It flooded many properties on the hill itself before spreading out on Boothferry Road.
The man made drain that removed the water via Hessle Haven was already full after a terrible summer of rain.
It was also the day that Michael Barnett died and will forever be etched in the History of this area as a black day.
10 days of flooding had raised the level of the beck to an alarming height, ERYC had removed the steel box that covered the culvert under the estate and replaced it with an old metal fence panel to try to increase the flow of water.
Michael Barnett selflessly,and without thought for his own safety, tired to clean the rubbish that had accumulated around the drain mouth but slipped and his foot became wedged between the bars.
A massive rescue operation was attempted but ultimately the rushing and rising waters caused Michael to loose too much body heat and he succumbed to hypothermia before the emergency services could rescue him.
The coroner at the inquest into Michael’s death said:
“A great desire to help rescue Michael was shown by many people present.”
“Members of the public and members of the emergency services alike all worked tirelessly in truly appalling weather, soaked to the skin, to try to rescue him.”
Mr Barnett senior praised the work of the emergency services and did not blame them for his death
He passed on a message to the emergency services straight after the inquest:
“The emergency services did all they could,”
”I’ve spoken to them. I’ve told them time and time again.”
”I said ‘Come on lads, get your heads up, you’ve done more than you should do’.
“Some dived in without any equipment. All I can say is they were a brave bunch of lads”.
Michael was 28 when he died and will always be remembered by those who knew him.
On this day we will remember him and our thoughts go out to his family, friends and those who tried to help him on that fateful day.
Video taken on the day of the floods at Barrow Lane – Hessle
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