In the UK in 2019 214 accidental deaths were recorded by the Water Incident Database, of these 85% were male with the highest age bracket being 25 to 29 years old.  A staggering 34% of these unavoidable deaths were attributed to the use of drugs or alcohol.

Please follow our advice and stay safe when near or in water as there may be some hazards which you are unaware of.


  • Never let older children swim in unsupervised areas like quarries, canals or ponds.
  • Never interfere with lifesaving equipment – you never know when it might be needed
  • Never enter the water under the influence of alcohol or drugs


  • Always pay attention to warning signs and flags
  • Always look out for people you are with, make sure they are safe
  • Always take care when walking or running near water, especially when the paths are muddy or icy


  • There are often hidden dangers beneath the surface such as plants, bikes, trolleys and broken glass
  • Dogs generally get out of the water themselves, do not be tempted to go in after them – if you have a concern ring 999 and ask for the fire service

If you see someone in difficulty:

  • Shout for help and dial 999 and ask for the Fire Service at inland water sites or the Coast Guard if you’re at the beach.
  • Reach with a long stick, a scarf, clothes or anything else. Crouch or lie down to avoid being pulled in.
  • Throw a rope – you can then pull in the person. Otherwise throw something that will float – a ball, a plastic bottle or a lifebuoy.
  • Do not jump in to try to save them.

For more information visit the following websites:

Visit the Royal Life Saving Society website for more information

Visit the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) website for more information

* recorded by the Water Incident Database