A TODDLER who fell down an open drain in Bridlington could have been seriously injured, according to his grandmother.
Three-year-old Ashton Brownlie was out with his grandmother Corie Brownlie on Tuesday afternoon when, in heavy rain, he fell down a drain which was uncovered on the corner of New Burlington and Hilderthorpe Roads.
He was stopped from falling down the drain completely by Corie, who luckily was holding Ashton’s hand at the time.
The drain cover is thought to have been lifted off by heavy rainfall.
“Heaven knows what would have happened if I hadn’t taken Ashton’s hand just before he fell,” said Corie, of Cardigan Road.
“I hadn’t seen Ashton for a couple of weeks because I work away, and we were having a lovely afternoon.
“We were going to Tesco to get some food for tea, when he just fell into the hole right up to his chest. I didn’t know what had happened, but he would have gone right in if I hadn’t managed to keep hold of him.”
Corie took Ashton to the supermarket and bought him a new set of dry clothes, then called East Riding of Yorkshire Council to fix the problem.
“Thankfully it hasn’t affected him too badly, but I was worried sick and in shock when it happened,” continued Corie.
“I don’t know if it was because the rain was so heavy that the grate came off it.”
A spokesman for East Riding of Yorkshire Council confirmed they had received a call about the drain and had sent workmen to rectify the problem.