Mum backs water safety campaign after dad drowns

PUBLISHED: 09:34 27 June 2012

Carol Tratt who is getting involved in Water Safety Awareness Week

Carol Tratt who is getting involved in Water Safety Awareness Week

Carol Tratt

A SOMERSET mum whose father drowned when she was just 15 months old has given her backing to a national water safety campaign.

Mother-of-two Carol Tratt, aged 50, of Cuck Hill, Shipham, was on holiday in Cornwall when her dad died, giving Carol a fear of water.

She has since battled her fears and learned to swim at the age of 38, before setting up her own swimming school for adults, Swim Smarter, based at leisure centres.

Now Mrs Tratt is getting involved in Water Safety Awareness Week, running from June 16-24, run by Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS).

Mrs Tratt said: “Losing someone close to you is tragic whatever the circumstances, but it is even more tragic when it could have been prevented in the first place, as in the case of so many drownings.

“Water Safety Awareness Week is a fantastic way to highlight this issue and encourage people of all ages to learn how to be safe in and around water.”

RLSS hopes its national campaign will help to reduce the annual number of accidental deaths from drowning in the UK.

Figures from the National Water Safety Forum show there were 420 accidental deaths from drowning in 2010 – one nearly every 17 hours.

Di Standley, chief executive of RLSS UK, said: “It is a sad fact that the onset of summer brings an increase in drowning as more people spend time near or on water. In hotter weather people start to take part in activities they wouldn’t usually do.

“We hope that, with Carol’s support, we can make greater inroads into reducing drowning figures and help everyone to enjoy a safer summer.”

Find out more about the week at www.wsaw.org.uk or search for @WSAW_RLSS UK on Twitter.

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