Twelve Thai boys and their football coach were found in a cave ten days after being trapped by rising water. It may be months before they can be brought to the surface.
— The longest anyone has been trapped underground and then rescued is 69 days, after the San José mine in Chile collapsed in 2010. The 33 miners were rescued via a shaft drilled to 2,257ft below the surface.
— Less fortunate was Floyd Collins, a caver trapped 55ft below ground in Crystal Cave, Kentucky, in January 1925. He survived 14 days, but died around three days before a rescue shaft reached him.
A four-year-old girl died after a bouncy castle on a Norfolk beach was reported to have exploded and blown her 30 feet into the air. How dangerous are bouncy castles?
— At Easter 2016 a seven-year-old girl was killed when a bouncy castle in Harlow, Essex, was blown from its moorings. Two fairground workers were convicted of manslaughter through gross negligence.
— In 2003 a five-year-old boy died in Rotherham after climbing the wall of a bouncy castle and falling over it headfirst.
—In 2015 a boy had to be rescued from the Irish sea after a bouncy castle was blown off the promenade in Douglas, Isle of Man.
—In 2010 a US journal, Paediatrics, reported that children visit emergency departments at a rate of one every 45 minutes as a result of bouncy castle-related incidents.
The BBC said that 417 of its staff (around 2% of the total) are transgender. How does this compare with the general population?
1% ‘are likely to be gender incongruent to some degree’, according to the Gender Identity Research and Education Service, quoted by the Commons select committee on women and equalities.
0.58% of the US population are transgender, according to an estimate by UCLA School of Law.
There are 15,000 transgender patients in the UK, according to the NHS.
Fire services fought a large blaze on moorland near Manchester. How common are grassland and moorland fires?
— In England in 2015/16, fire services attended 22,100 grassland fires, a 14% increase on 2014/15.
— In Wales in 2016/17 fire services attended 1,716 grassland, woodland and crop fires, a 47% fall on the year before. 60% damaged an area less than 20 sq m. 1 in 6 fires damaged an area of more than 200 sq m.
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