By Claire Huggins, RLSS UK Senior Communications Executive

31 January 2019

I read with real sadness this week, of the inquest into the tragic death of 14-year-old Teya Davies.

The inquest made clear that in heroically trying to save her friends’ life – she lost her own.

One of our core messages that stands firm, whatever time of year and whatever the weather, is not to go in after someone else but instead, to call for help and try and get something buoyant to them, to help them stay afloat.

It’s a simple enough message and yet, in the heat of the moment, when panic and chaos rule – does instinct take over?

The desire to save someone you care about becomes priority one.

David Cullen in 2005, Tonibeth Purvis in 2013, Michael Scaife in 2015 and now Teya Davies in 2017 – all people in the prime of their lives, lost to drowning trying to help a friend.

The reason we exist as a Society is to strive towards a world without drowning.

Making our messages clear, brief and accessible is a huge part of engaging people across the country and educating them in water safety.

Knowledge is power: power to save yourself, power to help others, power to spread the word.

You don’t need to be qualified, you don’t need to be an adult, you don’t need to be involved in lifesaving activity, you don’t even need to be able to swim to help someone if they get into trouble, in the water.

If you’re reading this right now, why not share our Water Safety Code with friends and family?

Spread the word and save a life!

Download the Water Safety Code.

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