Water safety campaign backed by family and friends who have lost loved ones

Family members and friends who have lost loved ones have shared their heart-breaking stories in You Tube films to prevent accidental drownings in open water.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is leading a prevention campaign, working with four families whose lives have changed forever since losing a special person.

Each one of them has taken part in a short film with GMFRS supporting the campaign to help keep people safe around open water.

The campaign comes as figures reveal that 147 people accidentally drowned in open water in England last year.

Since June 2016, GMFRS firefighters have been called to 31 fatal water incidents. Sadly, many of those who drowned were young men who got into difficulty after jumping into open water on a hot day to cool off.

Watch the films

Leeanne Bartley’s 18-year-old son, Mark Allen drowned in Debdale Park in June 2018.

Natalie Lawson’s 16-year-old son, Paul, drowned in June 2018 after he went swimming with his friends in Greenbooth Reservoir.

Chris Jordan, whose nephew Jack Pullen, 16, drowned in the River Etherow, near Hyde in 2016.

Beckie Ramsey’s 13 year old son Dylan drowned in a quarry near Chorley in 2011.

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Date published
Monday 27 July 2020

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