The Preston Guardian, Saturday, January 27, 1855 (illustration added)
FATAL ACCIDENT AT LYTHAM.
On Wednesday last, an accident occurred at Lytham by which two persons met their
death, and a third had a very narrow escape.
It appears that two young men and a boy, named respectively John Hull, William
Greaves, and John Greaves, the two former about 20, and the latter 11 years of age, were
amusing themselves on the day above-named by skating on a large marl-pit near the parsonage
house, when the ice suddenly gave way, and all three were immersed in the water.
William Greaves, who was luckily near the edge of the pit at the time, was,
after a hard struggle, saved by means of branches of trees, which were thrown to him by persons who
had come to their assistance, and he is now enjoying his usual health, but his two ill-fated
companions were drowned.
Several other youtbs were preparing to go on to the ice just before the
melancholy catastrophe occurred. An inquest was held on the bodies of the deceased on Thursday
last, before Mr. M. Myres, coroner, when the jury returned a verdict of " Accidentally