Mr Irranca-Davies was invited to find out more about the charity and its work, as well as sign up and pledge to support the delivery of water safety education to all under 18-year olds- in the UK.
Speaking about the achievements of RLSS, the Ogmore MP said:
“RLSS is doing incredible work raising awareness and education people about the dangers of water. I was impressed to hear from the charity about the work they are doing to save lives and prevent drownings.”
RLSS President, Peter Moyes, said:
“Tragically, more than 30 people drowned in just seven weekends during last summer’s heat wave. Around 400 people accidentally drown in the UK every year- one every 20 hours- and thousands more have near drowning experiences.”
Jackie Roberts the mother of student Megan Roberts, who tragically drowned in the River Ouse in York on April 3rd this year, attended the event and said:
“I am working with the RLSS UK as my daughter’s life meant so much and I want to do something in respect to her and to prevent further tragedies.”
The RLSS UK offers a range of awards and programmes that teach lifesaving skills to all ages. With recent support, its aim is now to have water safety education on the National Curriculum and in all schools.