Sir David Amess MP, is urging people in Southend West to get involved with the RLSS UK's Drowning Prevention Week campaign to prevent summer tragedies.
More than 700 people drown in the UK and Ireland every year and many more have near drowning experiences, sometimes suffering life changing injuries.
Drowning Prevention Week, the national campaign run by The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), aims to ensure everyone knows how to have fun and stay safe near water. This year running from 14 to 24 June, the campaign will see hundreds of leisure centres, schools, businesses and youth groups utilising RLSS UK’s water safety resources in their communities.
Sir David said: “Southend has lots of fantastic beaches and stunning coastline, however as summer approaches it is so important to remind people to stay safe near water. I am only too happy to support this campaign and I encourage everyone to play their part to help promote water safety.'
Di Steer, RLSS UK’s Chief Executive, said: “We urge as many people as possible to just spend a bit of time making sure they know how to stay safe near water. Most of us are generally aware of the hazards at the beach but tend to overlook dangers closer to home like water temperature, sudden changes in depth or hidden debris. A few simple steps are all it takes to prevent a tragedy.We need everyone’s help to raise awareness about the reality of accidental drowning, and we’re delighted that Sir David Amess is supporting us in our efforts.”
To find out how to stay safe around water this summer, contact your local leisure centre to see if they are running an event, or visit the RLSS UK’s website www.rlss.org.uk to access their water safety advice.