Transport Committee

National Drowning Prevention Strategy one-off session

Inquiry status: Concluded

One-off evidence session concluded

Scope of the one-off session

This one-off oral evidence session scrutinises the structure and coordination of organisations that work to prevent and respond to emergency incidents around the coastline, including the implications of recent reorganisations of the Coastguard and Search and Rescue helicopter services, and integration with the traditional land-based emergency services. The session considers issues around beach safety, and the responsibilities of beach owners and managers, in the light of a spate of tragic accidents at a number of locations in summer 2016. There are also broader questions about implementation of the UK's first National Drowning Prevention Strategy, which was launched in February 2016 and is supported by a range of organisations, including the Department for Transport.

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  • 05 Dec 2016 - National drowning prevention strategy - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF192 KB) HC 818 | Published 08 Dec 2016

    Evidence given by Dawn Whittaker, Lead Officer for Drowning Prevention and Water Safety, Chief Fire Officers Association, Sir Alan Massey KCB CBE, Chief Executive, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, George Rawlinson, Chair, National Water Safety Forum, Peter Dawes, Lifesaving Services Manager, Royal National Lifeboat Institution, and David Walker, Leisure Safety Manager, Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

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