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UK drowning figures fall 9 per cent

15th October 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

Annual drowning figures in Britain have dropped by almost nine per cent in 2012, a new study has found.

Over half of deaths from accidents or natural causes are in inland waters, including rivers, lakes and reservoirs, whereas drowning at the coast or in a harbour represented a third of fatalities.

The under-19s accounted for 12 per cent of deaths, with over half of these involving teenagers aged 15 to 19.

David Walker, a member of the National Water Safety Seminar and RoSPA’s leisure safety manager, said: "There’s much more that could be done to save lives and improve water safety. That’s why the main focus of the National Water Safety Seminar will be to create a consensus for a national drowning prevention strategy in order to further reduce the number of deaths."

Mr Walker noted that, while the 2012 figures are encouraging, it is important for the industry not to be complacent, particularly due to the warm weather seen in the summer.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801649532-ADNFCR


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