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Sefton Council join the RLSS Drowning Prevention Week campaign

Sefton Council are taking in part in Drowning Prevention Week 2020, in a bid to help families stay water-safe during and after lockdown.

Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, we know that the usual level of service provided by rescue and lifeguard services are not going to be possible in 2020. Personal water safety is more important than ever before, to save lives.

The UK’s Drowning Prevention Charity, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), fears that families will flock to beaches and inland water locations this summer, without considering the potential dangers, putting themselves and others at risk.

In a bid to ensure people in Sefton know how to keep themselves and others safe, Sefton Council will be supporting RLSS UK’s annual Drowning Prevention Week campaign, this year running from 12-19 June.

A spokesperson for Sefton Council said: “It is so important to remind people to stay safe and take personal responsibility near water, especially during these unprecedented times. We are only too happy to be involved with Drowning Prevention Week.”

RLSS UK CEO, Robert Gofton said: “This year’s campaigns will focus on encouraging everybody to take personal responsibility near water, especially in light of the current challenges facing our emergency and rescue services. Venues and rescue services are doing everything they can to provide a service this summer, but the harsh reality is that in the current climate, despite a big effort, the usual level of service just isn’t feasible.

“Accidental drowning incidents are largely avoidable if the correct choices are made, coupled with the skills and knowledge for personal survival and bystander rescue. These skills are easy to learn and free to access. We are urging individuals and families to take care, take responsibility and learn what to do in an emergency.”

For more information on the campaign and tips to keep yourself safe this summer, please visit the RLSS website