Would it shock you to know that for the last 5 years MORE people have died in open water than at the hands of drink drivers........
It has often been said to me when I visit Fire services that the same person responsible for reducing Road fatalities is the same person who is responsible for reducing water related fatalities. Obviously it goes without saying that RTA`S are the biggest accidental killer in the UK so I have often seen water safety taking a back bench in many fire services. I totally understand cuts have been made and the purse strings are tight. This does not help when the aim is to ensure our loved ones are aware of the dangers in and around open water. We need to have dedicated specialists trying to reduce water related fatalities daily not annually all around our country.
I have been campaigning for over 5 years in memory of Dylan and the surface has only been scratched. Yes awareness campaigns are taking place up and down the country, Emergency services are using social media to get the message out. (Lets be honest how many of our teenage children follow the fire service or RNLI or ROSPA or any of the other organisations out there trying to make a difference?) How many of our children would see the posts which are posted? We can sit back and wait for summer to arrive and again I will offer my thoughts and sympathies to all families who suffer the loss which mine has......OR WE CAN START NOW SHARING THE POSTS YOUR CHILDREN MAY SEE YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS WILL SEE UR POSTS. U NEED TO SHARE THE POST TO SHARE THE AWARENESS!
It got me thinking why is there not people in place where there job role is specifically to work on reducing water related fatalities. I won`t talk about the cost of an actual recovery I just know it is probably much higher than you think.
According to stats over a 5 year period This is what I found out!
In 2009, There was 405 Water related fatalities.There was 380 fatalities caused by drink drivers this is the total figure including actual drivers who died in the incidents
In 2010, There was 420 Water related fatalities.There was 240 fatalities caused by drink drivers this is the total figure including actual drivers who died in the incidents
In 2011, There was 407 Water related fatalities.There was 240 fatalities caused by drink drivers this is the total figure including actual drivers who died in the incidents
In 2012, There was 371 Water related fatalities.There was 230 fatalities caused by drink drivers this is the total figure including actual drivers who died in the incidents
In 2013, There was 381 Water related fatalities.There was 240 fatalities caused by drink drivers this is the total figure including actual drivers who died in the incidents
So in total over that one 5 year period we lost 1984 lives in water related accidents. In total we lost 1330 lives in drink drive related incidents. We do so much as a country to try and prevent drink driving why can`t we put as much effort in to reducing water related fatalities. So many people lives are lost and it is preventable.
I know discovering this information for me was a huge thing to think that water related fatalities by far out way drink drive related fatalities has truly shocked me. I truly hope we can learn from these findings.
My findings have come from a government document via Department for Transport and ROSPA.
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