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Parents of electrocuted boy back new Crucial Crew game - BBC reports

Parents of electrocuted boy back new Crucial Crew game - BBC reports

The parents of teenager Michael O'Nion, who died last year after climbing a pylon, have given their backing to Crucial Crew's Interactive's latest game - a mobile phone version of the electricity safety game.

Speaking on a special report on BBC television news, Michael's grandmother and father backed the new initiative in an emotional interview, saying they thought it might stop other children from making the same mistakes as Michael, who died instantly after the 60,000 volt electrocution.

"If Michael had known the dangers he would not have climbed that pylon - he loved life too much," said Pat O'Nion, adding that the family were keen that others would learn from Michael's mistakes, and lending their support to the new game.

View part 1 of the BBC report - describing Michael's accident - mpg video 4 mins 54.6 mb - click here.

View part 2 of the BBC report - showing the new Crucial Crew mobile game, and school pupils' reaction to it - mpg video 2.30 mins 34.1 mb - click here. Also includes a short interview with game publisher James Houston (pictured above).

In the second part of the BBC report, which was broadcast on BBC Look North, primary school pupils at Our Lady's RC Primary School in York tried out the game and gave their reactions - said one pupil: "I think it's a good game because, one - it teaches us to be safe, two - it's fun, and three - it's a genius game!"

This strong endorsement was echoed by Michael's family - grandmother Pat said: "If it's getting through to people, then it's a good thing."

To download the game to your mobile phone click here.

To view a simulation of the mobile phone game on your computer click here.

To play the web version of the electricity safety game click here.

To order a copy of the CD version click here.

To contact the game publishers click here.

 

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