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Carbon monoxide warning to campers

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Campers have been issued with a new safety warning after another suspected carbon monoxide poisoning incident.

A family of five - including two adults and three children - had to be rushed to hospital suffering from the effects of breathing in gas.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue said the suspected cause of the incident at the Trevella Caravan Park at Crantock near Newquay was a barbecue found inside their tent. The five casualties were taken to hospital by Westcountry Ambulance Service in the early hours of Tuesday morning and underwent treatment.

It is the latest in a series of carbon monoxide poisoning incidents on campsites in recent weeks.

In July, Vincent Clare was found dead in his sleeping bag during a camping trip at the Red Shoot campsite in the New Forest. It is thought he was overcome by fumes after lighting a barbecue inside his tent to keep warm.

A few weeks later, mother-of-two Tracy Screen died in her tent while she was on holiday at the Aberafon campsite in North Wales with her husband and children.

Safety experts are investigating if fumes from a barbecue found nearby caused the 34-year-old's death.

A Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "Never take a smouldering barbecue into a tented area or concealed area with no ventilation as the barbecue will give off carbon monoxide fumes."

The Camping and Caravanning Club has also issued advice about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisonin g in tents on its website.


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