Run­ners warned to take care near wa­ter

The Oban Times - - News -

THE ROYAL Life Sav­ing Society UK (RLSS UK) is warn­ing run­ners and walk­ers that they are most at risk of ac­ci­den­tal drown­ing.

The char­ity has launched its third na­tional cam­paign warn­ing the pub­lic to be ex­tra care­ful around wa­ter. Lat­est fig­ures show around 40 per cent of all drown­ing vic­tims were run­ning or walk­ing and never in­tended be­ing in the wa­ter.

The char­ity is rais­ing aware­ness through so­cial me­dia, with the hash­tag #JustOneSlip. The RLSS is warn­ing:

Be aware of your sur­round­ings and take no­tice of any warn­ing signs when out.

When run­ning or walk­ing next to open wa­ter, stay well clear of bank edges. They are of­ten un­sta­ble and this can cre­ate slips, trips and falls.

Try al­ways to walk or run with a friend.

Al­ways let some­one know where you are go­ing – take your mo­bile phone.

Learn to swim and learn life­sav­ing skills.

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