Wa­ter safety cam­paign is launched

The Oban Times - - News -

THIS is the Royal Life Sav­ing So­ci­ety’s Drown­ing Pre­ven­tion Week, and its cam­paign has been backed by LochWatch Loch Awe.

Ar­gyll and Bute MSP Michael Rus­sell joined rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the emer­gency ser­vices and LochWatch Loch Awe to launch the ini­tia­tive to pre­vent deaths in the wa­ter.

Some 400 peo­ple drown in the UK each year, around 70 of them in Scot­land. The vast ma­jor­ity are men and most of those vic­tims are aged be­tween 18 and 30.

Re­search shows that al­most half had no in­ten­tion of en­ter­ing the wa­ter and al­co­hol of­ten played a part.

Launch­ing wa­ter safety week were In­spec­tor Mark Stephen, Michael Rus­sell MSP, Derek Wil­son, from the fire and res­cue ser­vice, and Iain MacKin­non, co- or­di­na­tor of LochWatch Loch Awe.

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