More than 400 people lose their lives to drowning each year: over 60% of them children. Following the tragic death of Megan Roger from Wetherby, Alec has been working with the RLSS UK, the UK’s leading Drowning Prevention Charity, to raise awareness of this vital issue.
After meeting in Westminster with charity spokesman Anna Griffiths, Alec said “Like many, I was shocked to hear how many lives are claimed by drowning every year: drowning is the third highest cause of accidental death of children in the UK. I’m determined to make sure as many of my constituents as possible are aware of the important work done by the RLSS charity”.
As well as an extensive public guide to water safety contained on its website, the RLSS has developed a range of qualifications and programmes to prevent drowning, including the UK’s main lifeguard programme, the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification. It seeks to ensure a year by year fall in the number of water accidents, with the aim of making water as safe as possible.
If you would like to find out more about the RLSS’ work, please see their website, for guidance on water safety in the home, at the beach, and in the outdoors.