Warning over dangers of playing in water

Brigade member David Collis with his son Kieran McFadden-Collis, shortly after delivering a talk at Amberley First School.

Brigade member David Collis with his son Kieran McFadden-Collis, shortly after delivering a talk at Amberley First School.

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A lifesaving group has been warning youngsters about the dangers of open water.

Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade (TVLB) have been spreading the important message of water safety to youngsters in North Tyneside and Newcastle.

They have been visiting primary schools and youth groups as part of ‘Drowning Prevention Week’.

During the school visits, Brigade members delivered assemblies and water safety talks, explained what to do in an emergency, and gave demonstrations of the equipment they carry.

In addition to this, the children enjoyed some fun and interactive activities to help highlight how to stay safe in and around water.

The Brigade then rounded off the week by teaming up with North Sea Volunteer Lifeguards (NSVL) to deliver the drowning prevention message at Cullercoats Harbour Day.

Donna Robson, who also planned and co-ordinated the TVLB’s activities for the week, said: “Last year the Brigade managed to spread the drowning prevention message to around 1,300 children in the local area during the campaign.

“We contacted local schools with the aim of doing the same this year, and I am delighted to report that we exceed this figure and reached a staggering 1,853 children in only six days.

“We received positive feedback from children and teachers alike, and we hope that our visits will encourage the children to have a safe but enjoyable summer on our regions beaches and rivers.”

Anyone who wants to arrange a visit or talk should contact the TVLB’s education officer Sam Levy via email sam.levy@tvlb.org