Portsmouth boy, 11, breaks arm in fall from rope swing

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AN 11-year-old boy suffered a broken arm after he fell from a home-made rope swing hanging from a tree at Hilsea Lines.

The youngster was out playing with three friends when the accident happened at 2.15pm on Saturday afternoon. Cosham firefighters used ropes to lower the boy down from the top of an embankment where the tree was.

The youngster was put on a stretcher and taken by ambulance to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, where he was treated for his injuries.

Cosham firefighter Kevin Page said: ‘When we arrived the boy was a bit upset.

‘But he remained calm and so did his friends.

‘It seemed like he landed pretty awkwardly. We hope he makes a full recovery.’

Jamie Wren, white watch manager for Cosham fire station, urged youngsters to stick to normal playing areas.

‘As the Easter break approaches we urge children to be careful about where they are playing and avoid playing in areas that have home-made rope swings.’