Staying safe near floodwater

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With flood alerts still in several British Rowing regions, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) has issued advice on staying safe near floodwater.

The RLSS UK has warned families to stay clear of swollen rivers, and for commuters to avoid driving through floodwater – just two feet of water is enough to float a car.

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Di Standley, chief executive of RLSS UK, said:  “People are often curious to see rivers at their peak but this can be dangerous. It’s vital not to underestimate the power of floodwater.  We’re calling on everyone to be proactive and to learn about water safety to protect themselves and their loved ones.

“Some quick tips to remember in a flooding situation include: don’t try to walk or drive through floodwater – six inches of fast flowing water can knock you over and two feet of water will float your car.  And absolutely never try to swim through fast flowing water – you may get swept away or be struck by an object in the water.”

More than 400 people die each year through accidental drowning – inland water accounting for 63 per cent of these deaths. “Rowers should avoid rowing even in tranquil waters associated with flooding,” added Deputy British Rowing Hon Rowing Safety Advisor Dr. Clive Killick. “Sculling down you Main Street may seem fun, but it is not advisable.”

For more information on water safety, take a look at British Rowing’s RowSafe guidance or visit the RLSS UK website.

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