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WORKING TO PREVENT DROWNINGS AND PROMOTE WATER SAFETY

A new report from the Water Safety All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) authored by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and supported by the National Water Safety Forum (NWSF), was launched last week in Westminster, during RLSS UK’s annual Drowning Prevention Week.


I was delighted to show my support and meet with representatives from organisations such as RLSS UK, RNLI, Speedo, Water Babies, RoSPA, the National Child Mortality Database (NCMD), the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), and key companies from the aquatics industry who contributed to the report.

Former professional swimmer, Michael Gunning, was also in attendance as a key speaker supporting the launch of the campaign.


The report has provided a real picture of accidental drownings in the UK and uses data from the Water Accident Incident Database (WAID) as well as other data sources to provide the governments across the UK with evidence backed data on why the approach to drowning prevention needs to be improved.


Lee Heard, Charity Director at RLSS UK, presented the report findings at the event and highlighted the importance of educating everyone on water safety. This is a particular concern as we approach the school holidays - a time when we all want children to enjoy water safely ahead of the summer holidays.



Drowning Prevention Week provides free resources to families to provide education for all. Visit www.rlss.org.uk/DPW for further information.




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