An event raising awareness of the risks of drowning, and how to prevent it, is planned for Clacton seafront later this month.
Tendring Community Safety Partnership is supporting the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) initiative during Drowning Prevention Week 2019, from 14-24 June.
On Saturday, June 15, a stall will be held between 10am-2pm on the promenade next to the Beach Patrol station close to Clacton Pier, with partners all helping spread the message about staying safe while by the water.
The event will complement the work being done by the Tendring Water Safety Forum, set up in the wake of the tragic death of 15-year-old Ben Quartermaine in the sea off Clacton last July.
It is made up of a number of agencies, including Tendring District Council (TDC), the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Essex Police, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, and RLSS UK, and is putting together a range of initiatives to improve water safety for young people in the district – with many of the partners supporting the stall.
Cllr Lynda McWilliams, Cabinet Member for Partnerships at Tendring District Council which chairs the Tendring Community Safety Partnership, said it was a key topic.
“With 36 miles of coastline in Tendring, water safety and drowning prevention is an important local issue for us to address,” Cllr McWilliams said.
“We hope that this event will help raise awareness of how to stay safe while enjoying our coastline, and indeed on any inland waters too.”
The national Drowning Prevention Week 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 life-changing, when they survive drowning.
RLSS UK’s Director of Education, Mike Dunn, 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 take advantage of the activities run in Clacton and learn what could be potentially lifesaving skills.
“We thank all the partners in Tendring for getting involved with the campaign, and for helping people learn the skills they need to stay safe and enjoy the water.”

06/6/19
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For more information on this news release contact Tendring District Council’s Communications Manager Will Lodge on 01255 686338.
County drowning figures are available from RLSS UK. Contact marketing@rlss.org.uk