Friday, 13 November 2009

Teenagers recreating a scene from BBC1's WATERLOO ROAD are in hospital ...

SKY News reports:

Six teenagers have been rushed to hospital after re-enacting a storyline from a TV drama by drinking ethanol.

The five girls and a boy, all aged 14 and 15, from a school in Aldridge, West Midlands, apparently copied the plot from Wednesday's episode of Waterloo Road.

The episode, shown on BBC1, featured a girl being taken to hospital by a teacher after drinking the pure alcohol liquid sold by other pupils at the fictional school.
Following the real-life incident, emergency services were called to the school and the six pupils were taken to hospital for treatment.
Both the police and ambulance service confirmed the youngsters were not thought to have suffered any long-term health damage.
"Crews arrived to find five teenage girls and a teenage boy, all between the ages of 14 and 15, who had reportedly consumed ethanol," a West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said.
"Due to the potentially serious nature of the incident, crews immediately assessed the six pupils on scene before transferring them by land ambulance to Walsall Manor Hospital for further assessment and treatment.
"Medics were pre-alerted to the arrival of the six pupils, who were all in a stable condition."
No criminal inquiry has been launched but the Health and Safety Executive has been informed about the incident, West Midlands Police said.
The ambulance service's medical director said the six pupils were "extremely lucky" to have escaped serious complications.
"Ethanol is alcohol in its purest form - it is exceptionally strong, dangerous to consume and is very different to alcohol sold in licensed premises," Dr Roger Cooke said.
"Even a small amount of ethanol has the potential to kill because of its potency."

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