Runners and walkers are consistently the group most at risk of accidental drowning.
Walking for Health
Try getting in touch with your local group - these walks are very often well attended and may also benefit from additional safety messages with FRS deliver. https://www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/walkfinder
The National Trust and the National Trust for Scotland
If you are near a property or coast ( The NT in England, Wales and NI manage 10% of the coast) get in touch and see if their walking groups will take some information. They have many volunteers helping them who may be useful in hearing this information for themselves as well as helping spread the message.
The first thing to do is call for help - straightaway. Call 999, if you are near the coast ask for the coastguard, if you are inland ask for fire service and ambulance.
The emergency services will need to know where you are. Accurate information can save precious minutes. If you have a smart phone and have location
services or map tool enabled, this can help. If not look around for any landmarks or signs – for example bridges will often have numbers on them which can
identify their location.
Don’t hang up – stay on the line but try and continue to help the person if appropriate.
When you have made this call shout for help from anyone who might be close by.
Human nature says you are likely to want to attempt to help while rescue services are on their way.
Never ever enter the water to try and save someone. This usually ends up adding to the problem. If you go into the water you are likely to suffer from cold
water shock which will leave you unable to help even if you are a strong swimmer.
Can the person help themselves? Shout to them ‘Swim to me’. The water can be disorientating. This can give them a focus. Keep any instructions short clear
and loud. Don’t shout instructions using different words each time.
Look around for any lifesaving equipment. Depending on where you are there might be lifebelts or throw bags – use them. If they are attached to a rope
make sure you have secured or are holding the end of the rope so you can pull them in.
If there is no lifesaving equipment look at what else you can use. There may be something that can help them stay afloat - even an item such as a ball can help.
You could attempt to reach out to them. Clothes such as scarves can be used to try and reach or a long stick. If you do this lie on the ground so your entire
body is safely on the edge and reach out with your arm. Don’t stand up or lean over the water– you may get pulled in
Be mindful that if the water is cold the person may struggle to grasp an object or hold on when being pulled in.
If you manage to get the person out of the water they will always need medical attention.
Even if they seem fine drowning can occur at a later stage if water has already entered the lungs. It can cause death up to 48 hours after the near drowning
If the person is unconscious you will need to check they are breathing. If they are not breathing they need 5 rescue breathes and then CPR (30 Chest
compressions followed by 2 rescue breathes). Continue until help arrives
If the person is unconscious but breathing put them in the recovery position with their head lower than their body.
If they are conscious try and keep them warm. If you can remove wet clothes and give them something dry to put on as they are at risk of hypothermia.
Royal National Lifeboat Instiution (RNLI)
Their 'Respect the Water' campaign started in 2014 and is continuing. Take some time to look at their website, it obviously targeted at coastal fishing but much of the safety advice can be used for inland fishing too http://rnli.org/safety/respect-the-water/activities/Pages/angling.aspx
British Sea Fishing
Their website has good information about the different types of coastal fishing and safety advice some of which can also be applied to inland fishing http://britishseafishing.co.uk