To mark this year’s Drowning Prevention Week, and with summer holidays approaching, the Local Government Association (LGA) has highlighted the need to for children to be more aware of the dangers and effects of cold water shock and drowning.

"Teaching children about the dangers of cold water shock while they learn to swim or as part of PSHE lessons would be a simple way to improve water safety across the country and could make the vital difference in helping to save lives and avoid the tragic aftermath for families.”

Anyone who spots someone in danger in open water is advised not to enter the water to rescue them, but to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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