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25 Jun 2019
Inland water fatalities on the increase – one in ten admit nearly drowning

The number of drownings in the UK's inland waters has risen in the last year.

A survey carried out by The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) revealed that, although the number of total drownings in the UK was down in 2018, there were 254 drowning fatalities in rivers, quarries and lakes during the year, compared to 242 the year before.

Worryingly, the research also showed that one in ten of those surveyed said they had nearly drowned – while 13 per cent personally knew someone who had drowned.

“Every year, we see a tragic amount of preventable deaths as people flock to open water sites that are not suitable for swimming," said Robert Gofton, RLSS CEO.

"It may seem an inviting way to cool off, but there are very real and very deadly dangers at these sites, such as extremely cold water, uneven depths and hidden debris that people can get injured on or caught in.

“We believe that the majority of drowning incidents can be prevented and urge people to swim only where it’s safe."

To tackle the worrying trend of an increase in inland water deaths, RLSS launched its Keep 'em Peeled for Perry project, encouraging members of the public to report any missing or damaged life-saving equipment at bodies of inland water, including fences, life rings, throw lines and signage.

Inland water safety also featured heavily during this year's Drowning Prevention Week, held between 14 and 24 June.


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18 Oct 2019
FIBO reveals details for Southeast Asia event: Singapore picked as host
The first-ever FIBO Southeast Asia fitness event will be held in Singapore next year.
16 Oct 2019
Planning application submitted for Birmingham's £70m Commonwealth Games stadium
Proposals for the redevelopment of the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham have been submitted to the city council’s planning department.
16 Oct 2019
Noel Asmar Group launches new textile recycling initiative for hotels and spas
Uniform manufacturer Noel Asmar Group has launched a new sustainability initiative, Hospitality Lifecycle, a textile recycling programme for hotels and spas.
15 Oct 2019
Seth Mattison to deliver keynote at first ISPA Talent Symposium
The International Spa Association (ISPA) has announced Seth Mattison, an international expert on workforce trends and strategy, as its keynote speaker at the ISPA Talent Symposium which is taking place on 15 April 2020.
15 Oct 2019
GWI report: global physical activity sector worth US$828bn
The physical activity economy is now a US$828bn (€752bn, £655bn) market – and its value is expected to grow further to US$1.1tn (€1tn, £870bn) by 2023.
14 Oct 2019
CIDESCO announces new board appointments at 67th World Congress
CIDESCO International, the standards setter for the global spa and beauty industries, has announced that Sandy Fuhr has been elected as its new president.
11 Oct 2019
Three rising stars named winners of Future Fit Training's Legacy Award
Three health and fitness industry professionals at the beginning of their careers have shared the spoils of a £75,000 achievement award created by Future Fit Training.
10 Oct 2019
Don Quixote, suffragettes and puppets who come to life: Aufguss World Championships get creative
For the first time, a woman has been crowned top aufguss master in the world at the Aufguss World Championships, held last month at the newly built Spa Berendonck in The Netherlands.
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