Matthew is urging his constituents to get involved with the RLSS UK’s Drowning Prevention Week campaign in a bid to prevent summer tragedies.
More than 700 people drown in the UK and Ireland every year and many more have near drowning experiences, sometimes suffering life changing injuries.
Drowning Prevention Week, the national campaign run by The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), aims to ensure everyone knows how to have fun and stay safe near water. This year running from 15 to 25 June, the campaign will see hundreds of leisure centres, schools, businesses and youth groups utilising RLSS UK’s water safety resources in their communities.
Di Steer, RLSS UK’s Chief Executive, said: “We urge as many people as possible to just spend a bit of time making sure they know how to stay safe near water. Most of us are generally aware of the hazards at the beach but tend to overlook dangers closer to home like water temperature, sudden changes in depth or hidden debris. A few simple steps are all it takes to prevent a tragedy.”
“We need everyone’s help to raise awareness about the reality of accidental drowning, and we’re delighted that Matthew is supporting us in our efforts.”
Matthew said: “At this high-risk time of year, it is so important to remind people to stay safe near water. I am delighted to support this campaign and I encourage everyone to play their part.
“Take part in the local activities organised, visit the website, find out how to keep you and your family safe this summer.”