Helping to spread water safety message

The 12th Monkseaton Brownies after their water safety training by North Sea Volunteer Lifeguards.
The 12th Monkseaton Brownies after their water safety training by North Sea Volunteer Lifeguards.

Youngsters have been given tips on how to stay safe in open water.

Members of the North Sea Volunteer Lifeguards (NSVL) marked Drowning Prevention Week by holding a number of activities with children and adults.

Shockingly drowning is the third highest cause of accidental death in children in the UK

Paula Richardson, from NSVL

They delivered assemblies at schools and community groups to spread their water safety message to more than 400 young people and also hosted a stall at Cullercoats RNLI Harbour Day, where residents had a go at throwing a lifebuoy to a target.

Paula Richardson, from NSVL, said: “Shockingly drowning is the third highest cause of accidental death in children in the UK. Around 400 people drown in the UK each year, and thousands more suffer near-drowning experiences, many resulting in life-changing injuries.

“We are happy to support work to reduce these numbers by informing members of the community how to be safe near water.”

For more details NSVL or if you would like to arrange a visit for your school or community group in the future, visit www.nsvl.org or email secretary@nsvl.org