The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) will once again mark Drowning Prevention Week in June. The initiative is the national campaign from the RLSS and will run between 16th – 26th June, aiming to spread water safety across the country.
RLSS UK statistics show that one person drowns every 20 hours in the UK and hundreds more suffer life changing injuries through near drowning. The campaign will encourage school, clubs, leisure centres and communities to promote water safety through events, lessons, games and activities in a bid to make people more aware of the dangers of water.
The number of drowning fatalities has been steadily decreasing since the charities foundation, and the Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) records show annual water-related deaths are down from 637 in 1983 to less than 400.