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New water safety website


Extract: Members of the public can now find out what is being done to tackle drowning prevention through the National Water Safety Forum’s updated website. The group has relaunched its website to make it more user-friendly and accessible for members of the public, to help them address better understand water risks and what’s being done to tackle drowning, and to help them address water safety issues such as education, policy and suicide prevention.

The redesigned website is now responsive, meaning it can be accessed from and viewed across the full range of devices, and is easier to navigate for the user. It is also now more accessible for those with visual impairments.

The National Water Safety Forum is a voluntary association of organisations that have a wide variety of interests and responsibilities for water safety including sports governing bodies, rescue services, regulators, navigation and harbour authorities, local government, utilities, and other representative groups. The forum is hosted by RoSPA, which provides technical and administrative support.

Published: 2018-12-19 13:35:09

Tagged: NWSF Website Update

Government consultation: Establishing an independent public advocate post a major disaster


Extract: The Ministry of Justice is consulting on proposals to establish an independent public advocate who will act for bereaved families after a public disaster.

This consultation is aimed at people who have been bereaved or otherwise affected by a public disaster; the organisations that support them; organisations and services involved in investigating disasters; and anyone else affected by or with an interest in the issues in this consultation. The consultation closes on 3 Dec 2018.

Published: 2018-09-11 09:44:46

Tagged: News

Latest figures from the National Water Safety Forum show that 255 people lost their lives in accidental drownings in the UK in 2017.


The number, from the Forum’s Water Incident Database (WAID), represents two-fifths (41 per cent) of the overall number of deaths in water that year (592) and includes 13 cases in which natural causes of death were suspected or confirmed. Other causes include suicide (209), crime (5), and cases in which the cause was not recorded or confirmed (123).

As in previous years, men (217) are disproportionately represented in the statistics, with young and middle-aged males being particularly affected.

The majority of incidents occurred at the coast/shore/beach (68) or on rivers (64). As in previous years, a large proportion of those who died did so while taking part in an activity in which they never intended to be in the water – 106 people drowned while walking or running.

WAID compiles statistics from across the UK from a number of sources, including inquests, and breaks these down into deaths by activity, age, location type and geography, to give those working in prevention a clearer idea of where to target interventions.

A full copy of the UK Annual Fatal Incident Report 2017 can be viewed at:

Published: 2018-05-04 14:07:05

Tagged: News, WAID