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Drowning Prevention Week 2017

14th June 2017

Drowning Prevention Week LogoAround 400 people needlessly drown in the UK every year and thousands more suffer injury, some life changing, through near-drowning experiences.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is, therefore, supporting the Royal Life Saving Society’s Drowning Prevention Week which runs from 16th-26th June 2017.

The week encourages schools, clubs, leisure centres and communities to stay safe around water.

As part of the week members of our staff will be carrying out demonstrations and issuing water safety advice. This will include:

  • Demonstration of water rescue techniques at Kings Staith in York on 16th June between 11am-1230pm.
  • A chance to see the rescue boat from Selby at Market Cross Selby on 21st June between 10am-12noon.
  • A chance to see our swift water equipment at The Falls, Richmond on 25th June between 1330-1530

Stuart Simpson from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said “We would always recommend people take care near open water, as there can be unseen hidden dangers lurking beneath the surface such as submerged objects and vegetation.

If you do see someone in difficulty in the water, dial 999 and ask for the fire service or the Coast Guard at the beach. Do no jump into the water to try to save them as you could also get into difficulty. Instead try to reach them with a long stick or an item of clothes, or a rope.”

Further information about water safety is available on our website www.northyorksfire.gov.uk and from the Royal Life Saving Society.

ENDS

Information about Drowning Prevention Week can be viewed here: http://www.rlss.org.uk/water-safety/drowning-prevention-week/

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