SOUTHPORT MP Damien Moore hosted a parliamentary discussion on water safety and found out more about the methods used to reduce the number of deaths.
As Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Water Safety, Mr Moore hosted the Royal Life Saving Society UK in order to bring its Drowning Prevention Week campaign to Westminster and help raise awareness around water safety.
Also in attendance were lifeguards, Olympian Professor Greg Whyte OBE, Paralympian Ellie Robinson MBE, and over 50 other Parliamentarians.
At the event, Mr Moore was taught how to use throw lines, and tested out the cutting-edge equipment that is now being used to keep the shorelines and lakes safer than ever.
Mr Moore said: “Every drowning is a tragedy, many of which are preventable, and so as Chair of the Parliament Group on Water Safety, it was a privilege to bring together 50 of my colleagues, alongside Olympians and the Royal Life Saving Society charity, to raise awareness around water safety.
“The RLSS's resolute mission for Drowning Prevention Week is to help people across the United Kingdom enjoy bodies of water safely and to ensure that everyone is knowledgeable on water safety. It is a mission that I feel passionately about and one that I will give my utmost effort to support and spread.
“I believe that only through greater understanding can we help prevent unnecessary deaths and injuries, and ultimately save lives. I encourage everyone in Southport to learn more about water safety using the RLSS’s resources. You never know whose life you could save.”
Lee Heard, Charity Director at RLSS UK said: “With June, July, and August proving to be the months with the most fatalities, it is vitally important that everyone understands water safety, especially during the summer months.
“We want to ensure that everyone can enjoy their summer break and enjoy being in or around water but be safe in the knowledge that they, and their children, have the skills and understanding about water safety, which could potentially save a life.
“It is fantastic to have Damien supporting our Drowning Prevention Week campaign and highlighting the issues surrounding water safety education and helping to educate communities in Southport.”