One person drowns every 20 hours…. new strategy aims to halve fatalities

Following the launch of the National Drowning Prevention Strategy last week (February 29th), which aims to halve the number of fatal incidents on or near water, CFOA’s lead for Drowning Prevention Dawn Whittaker wrote an article on her new blog ‘A future without drowning’. 

At the launch were representatives from the RNLI, CFOA and RLSS who were also supported by former Olympic swimmer Mark Foster. In addition there were two special guests; Mothers Jackie Roberts and Andrea Corrie who sadly lost children to drowning. The the event was hosted by DfT Minister of State Robert Goodwill MP.

You can read the full press release on the National Water Safety Forum’s website.

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“It has been a busy year getting to this moment and required significant energy and hard work of many…but on the 29th February 2016 saw the public launch of the above strategy.

“The National Water Safety Forum (NWSF) is a collective of many clubs, organisations, charities …that have an interest in water. Some of those involved train lifeguards, some involved in water sports and leisure, some are local authorities, some promote swimming, some perform rescues from water, some aim to reduce accidents…ALL want to ensure that people enjoy the water safely.

“A good strategy is based on facts and data, understanding risk and and research….this one is…WAID is a database that draws information from many sources and through the NWSF provides a public annual report of the fatalities in UK waters every year.

“You maybe shocked to learn that drowning in the UK accounts for more accidental deaths than fire deaths in the home or cycling deaths on roads…..around 400 people a year….think about that….it equates to one person every 20 hours.

“There is lots to do….but we now have a platform to work from…if you are interested, please go to



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