Ainsley Harriott says RHS water feature his sister fell into should've been 'roped off'

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Ainsley Harriott's sister fell into water at the Chelsea Flower Show. (Getty Images)
Ainsley Harriott's sister fell into water at the Chelsea Flower Show. (Getty Images)

Ainsley Harriott has said a water feature at the Chelsea Flower Show that his sister fell into should have been "roped" off.

The celebrity chef rushed to save his sister Jacqueline when she tripped and fell into the water at the event in May this year, with photos showing him lifting her out.

He has now spoken out about the incident, telling the Daily Mail: "The Health and Safety was not particularly great.

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"They should have roped it (the pond) off."

Ainsley Harriott was speaking at the TRIC Awards. (PA)
Ainsley Harriott was speaking at the TRIC Awards. (PA)

Harriott, who was speaking at the TRIC Awards, said the water feature was around 6ft deep.

"Quite a drop once you hit the water," said the 65-year-old.

Jacqueline had been her brother's guest at the event and was among those admiring the Our Green Planet and RHS Bee Garden exhibit when she stepped backwards and fell into the pond, with onlookers saying that she was completely submerged.

The Ready Steady Cook star later updated fans on Twitter and thanked everyone who had helped his sister, who is a retired teacher.

TV chefs Anthony Worrall-Thompson, Ainsley Harriott guest and Gaby Roslin, take part in a special edition of 'Ready Steady Cook' in aid of 'Children In Need' at Capital Studios, south west London.
The chef is known for Ready Steady Cook. (PA)

"She’s doing fine and all is well," he tweeted.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) told Yahoo in a statement: “We take health and safety very seriously across the RHS, and onsite medical professionals attended to the incident at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show press day within two minutes.

“After their rapid response, we were pleased to hear that the guest left the Show and made their own way home and was well.

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“Throughout the remainder of the Show it was decided as a precaution to not allow public access on the garden.”

Yahoo has contacted a representative for Harriott for comment.

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