As temperatures rise in the summertime, you or your family may be tempted to cool off with a swim in a local reservoir or lake, or even in the sea if you are venturing out. However, did you know that in the year 2000, 54 children drowned in the UK? Stay out of difficulties by wising up to the dangers.
To help reinforce our safety messages around open water we have been working closely with the loved ones of two teenage boys from Bolton - Jason Varghese (15) and his older cousin Joel Aniyankunj (19) - who drowned while on holiday in August 2018.
Following on from the tragic accident Jason’s and Joel’s loved ones are urging young people not to swim in open water – both at home and on holiday – while also reaching out to parents to raise awareness and save others the heartache they have experienced.
You can read more about this here and watch a video below which includes Suby (Jason's mum and Joel's auntie), Jason's headteacher, Tania Lewyckji, and two of his best friends - Robbie Woodcock and Sam Gibbons.
When you are swimming at a beach, be beware of which flag is flying as this will warn you of any dangers.
See below images of flags, and this is what you should look for:
Children should always go to the beach with an adult. An adult can point out dangers or help if somebody gets into trouble.
If you see someone in difficulty in the water, tell somebody, preferably a lifeguard if there is one nearby. Alternatively use your mobile or go to the nearest telephone and dial 999, ask for the Police at inland water sites and the Coastguard at the beach.
For more information about water safety visit The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents' website at www.rospa.com.
Manchester Water Safety Partnership
The Manchester Water Safety Partnership was formed in 2015 in response to several deaths in central Manchester waterways. The group is made up of representatives from Canal & River Trust, CityCo, Manchester City Council, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue, Greater Manchester Police, Royal National Lifeboat Institution and the Royal Life Saving Society UK, working together to help make Manchester’s waterways safer, with a key focus on the city centre.
For more information go to: http://manchesterwatersafety.com/about