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Figures show number of people who drowned in Norfolk over five years

PUBLISHED: 14:39 15 June 2018

The City of Norwich viewed from the River Wensum. Quay Side and Fye Bridge. Picture: Denise Bradley

The City of Norwich viewed from the River Wensum. Quay Side and Fye Bridge. Picture: Denise Bradley

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Residents are being urged to stay safe near open waters as figures reveal more people drowned while walking or running in the Norfolk than taking part in any water-based activity.

Figures released today show that 44 people drowned in Norfolk over five years from 2012 to 2016.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service is supporting a national campaign by the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK) and urging people to respect the water. Gary Collins, head of fire protection and prevention, said: “We would urge people to pause for thought before considering entering the water. This applies whether they are seeking spontaneous fun, such as the dangerous craze of tombstoning, or if they are considering helping to rescue someone else. Always pause to consider the danger to yourself and others.”

Drowning Prevention Week started today (June 15) and runs until June 25.

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