East Renfrewshire MP pledges support to drowning prevention campaign

Paul Masterton MP is urging his constituents to get involved with the RLSS UK’s Drowning Prevention Week campaign this year and help prevent summer tragedies. 


Drowning Prevention Week, created by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) will see a deluge of water safety activity flood the UK and Ireland from 14 - 24 June, 2019.


The national campaign aims to ensure everyone knows how to have fun and stay safe near water, and a host of free resources have been produced to help supporters promote water safety.


More than 700 people drown in the UK and Ireland every year, that’s one every 10 hours, and many more suffer injury, sometimes lifechanging, when they survive drowning.


Mr Masterton said he was proud to play his part in trying to reduce this figure and encouraged everyone to take part in the local activities organised and visit the RLSS UK website to learn how to keep their families safe.


East Renfrewshire MP, Paul Masterton commented:

“It is so important to remind people to stay safe near water, especially at this high-risk time of year. Inland water drownings are an all too frequent tragic occurrence, so it’s vital people don’t fall into the trip if thinking it’s something they only need to worry about at the sea side. I’ve been shocked at the risks some people are willing to take to access local open water sites, even those on private land such as Pilmuir Quarry, and want people to be fully aware of the dangers. That’s why I’m only too happy to be involved with Drowning Prevention Week.”


RLSS UK Director of Communications, Vicki Hartley-Kite said:

“Most people are surprised to learn that you are more likely to die from drowning than you are from being hit by a car or in a fire. We urge as many people as possible to learn what could be potentially lifesaving skills. We thank Paul for supporting the campaign, and for helping people learn the skills they need to stay safe and enjoy the water”.