Drowning awareness

THE ambulance service which covers Daventry dealt with 120 emergency calls when someone was reported to be drowning last year.

East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) is using the statistic to urge people in Northamptonshire to take extra care around water.

Andy Wright, a Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) paramedic, who are specially trained to deal with water emergencies, said: “It’s not just children who are in danger where water is concerned and more than half of people who drown do know how to swim.

“The majority of drownings can be prevented if people know how to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.”

Last year EMAS responded to 120 calls where someone was reported to be drowning, and together with the Royal Life Saving Society the ambulance service is promoting Water Safety Week.

More information is available by visiting www.watersafetyawarenessweek.org.uk/