Taking the plunge for safety

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Staff at the Ryan Centre in Stranraer are making a splash to help prevent drowning, by hosting a free water safety session.

Using activities and resources provided by the Royal Lifesaving Society UK, the Ryan Centre will be running fun and interactive water safety activities for all ages in support of Drowning Prevention Week.

The event will take place from Friday, June 21, to Friday, June 28.

As part of this week, staff at the Ryan Centre, along with partners from the police, fire service, ambulance service, RNLI, Coastguard and local sailing club are holding an event at the Ryan Centre this Friday, June 21, for all the second year pupils at Stranraer Academy.

The event has been supported by Stranraer Academy and Scottish Water and will take the form of a scenario which begins with a person in distress in the water.

All agencies explain their part and the reasons behind what they are doing. A safety message will also be explained throughout the scenario and the young people will be encouraged to participate in discussion and get actively involved throughout the day.

Tina Milligan, from the Ryan Centre, said: “More than 400 people drown in the UK each year, and thousands suffer life-changing injuries due to near-drowning experiences. Shockingly, drowning is the third highest cause of accidental death in children in the UK. National Drowning Prevention Week is organised by the Royal Life Saving Society UK and aims to ensure everyone knows how to have fun and stay safe near water.

“We are happy to support RLSS to reduce these numbers of people injured or drowned by providing a learning event for the young people.”