RESIDENTS in Fenland are being offered the chance today (Saturday) to find out how to prevent drowning and stay safe in, on and near water as part of Water Safety Awareness Week.
The annual campaign is organised by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) in a bid to reduce the amount deaths caused by drowning.
Today, local volunteers from the Wisbech Life Saving Club are running an information and advice session in the Horsefair Shopping Centre from 10am to 4pm.
Organising the local event is Charles Cattell, from the Wisbech Life Saving Club.
Charles said: “Everyone should have the right to enjoy being in, on, or near water safely, and this is what we want to help achieve. Through our event we hope that people learn how to see drowning hazards and therefore save their own life or the lives of their loved-ones.”
Water Safety Awareness Week is being headed by UK Olympic diver Nick Robinson Baker, who saved the life of fellow UK diver Monique Gladding, when she hit her head and lost consciousness in the water at a competition in Russia last year.
He said: “I had a real wake-up call when I had to rescue Monique last year. Now I’d like to do whatever I can to convince people to become more aware that accidents do happen in the water and we should all know both how to prevent them and what to do if the worst happens.
For more information about Wisbech Life Saving Club contact 01945-588390.