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Service aims to reduce the number of deaths in water related incidents

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service is supporting the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS) ‘Drowning Prevention Week’ which runs from 20th to 28th June 2015. The national campaign aims to reduce the number of deaths and near deaths in water related incidents that occur every year. They aim to achieve this by showing people how to be safe near water.

Around 400 people needlessly die in the UK every year and thousands more suffer injury, some life changing, through near-drowning experiences. This equates to one person dying every 20 hours in the UK. It is also recorded that drowning is the third highest cause of accidental death of children in the UK.

Station Manager, Matt Jones of Chepstow Fire and Rescue Station said;

“South Wales Fire and Rescue Service has recorded a significant increase in the number of rescues from water. We fully support the campaign and as summer approaches we will work with our local partners with the aim to educate both children and adults about the dangers water can pose, particularly near rivers, lakes, reservoirs and quarries”.

To assist with this, the RLSS is providing packs including downloadable resources to host awareness events. The events will involve practical demonstrations at schools, clubs and local leisure centres which include water safety advice, CPR Demonstrations and much more.

Paul Beynon from Chepstow Fire and Rescue Station said;

“We will be kicking of the week with a charity car wash on Saturday 20th June from 9.30am at Chepstow Leisure Centre raising money for the RNLI and the Fire Fighters Charity”.

For more information visit www.rlss.org.uk