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Department for Transport written question – answered on 29th June 2020.

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Photo of Tan Dhesi Tan Dhesi Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the National Water Safety Forum’s UK Drowning Prevention Strategy 2016-2026 and its target to halve the number drowning related deaths in the UK by 2026, what recent steps he has taken to reduce the number of drowning related deaths.

Photo of Kelly Tolhurst Kelly Tolhurst Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The members of the National Water Safety Forum all play a part in supporting the effort to halve accidental drownings in water by 2026. According to the latest data available, since the publication of the National Drowning Prevention Strategy in 2016, the annual total of accidental drownings has fallen from an average of 400 in the years preceding 2016 to 228 deaths in 2019, a decrease of 43%. The average number of accidental drownings in the years 2016 to 2019 was 259.

Organisations such as the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, the Royal Life Saving Society and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents work collaboratively on safety campaigns and practical interventions to encourage personal responsibility for safety on or near water.

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