Staying Safe Near Open Water.

We have been asked by the Local Authority to share the following safety information.

Being suddenly immersed in cold water can cause you to have a heart attack and die. The change in temperature can also lead to a gasp response where you could breathe in water, get into a panic and drown.

Drowning is one of the major causes of adolescent deaths worldwide. An estimated 57,000 ten to nineteen-year-olds drowned across the globe in 2015 – two thirds of them boys.

Fourteen year old Cameron Gosling never came home after jumping into the river without acclimatising, while playing with friends one sunny day. The lives of those closest to him will never be the same again.

His family has no routine or structure and his brother goes to sleep every night listening to Cameron’s funeral music.

Some of his friends have been taken out of mainstream school, friendships have suffered and there have even been thoughts of suicide.

Cameron’s mum Fiona has been left wishing she had spoken to her son about ‘cold water shock,’ believing he would still be here if they had had that chat.

Do your children know about the dangers of jumping into rivers? Do you?

Please learn about cold water shock and have the conversation with your children that Fiona will forever regret not having with Cameron.

You can find out more at  www.durham.gov.uk/dyingtobecool and www.durham.gov.uk/article/7833/Stay-safe-in-or-near-open-water