Motherwell and Wishaw MSP Clare Adamson this week raised the issue of recreational water safety in the Parliament chamber with The Minister for Public Health and Sport, Aileen Campbell. 

This came after the tragic deaths of three men in Scotland’s waters.

Ms Adamson, who is convenor of the Cross-Party-Group on Accident Prevention and Safety Awareness, called for a Scottish approach to national drowning prevention strategy.

Commenting, Ms Adamson said:

“Scotland’s geography requires a uniquely Scottish approach to drowning prevention strategy. We know that of the 79 drowning deaths in the UK last year, 50 occurred in Scotland, so we have a disproportionate problem in Scotland. Just this week, my local newspaper covered the heart breaking story of Ashley Pinion, who was severely injured after falling into the River Clyde whilst swimming.”  

“As Convener of the cross-party group in the Scottish Parliament on Accident Prevention and Safety Awareness, I work very closely with RoSPA, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, the Royal Life Saving Society UK and other organisations that are involved in water safety in Scotland. One of the key hopes of water safety Scotland is that it will be able to cut deaths in Scotland’s waters by half by 2026”

“I was pleased to see the Minister, Ailleen Campbell, commit to come to the CPG and discuss concerns with water-safety groups. It was pleasing to also hear that the Scottish Government have committed £104,000 to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents annual home and water safety programme. Water Safety Scotland are currently consulting on a draft response to The UK Drowning Prevention Strategy 2016-2026, I would encourage anyone who is interested to contribute to the consultation.”

ENDS

 

  1. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/H5NWN7F – Link to Water Safety Scotland consultation

Copyright 2015 Clare Adamson MSP

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