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Festive revellers urged 'stay away from water'

Police patrol River Aire in Leeds

Festive revellers are being warned to act responsibly near water during their night out, as part of a Don't Drink and Drown campaign.

The Royal Life Saving Society is teaming up with West Yorkshire fire service and the Canal and River Trust to urge people not to walk home near water after they have been drinking.

Last year 20 per cent of all adult accidental drowning victims in the UK had alcohol in their bloodstream. Latest statistics reveal that 26 people drowned in Leeds in the last five years, and four were found to have had alcohol or drugs in their system.

West Yorkshire Fire Service has recently been working with partners to install throwlines along the bankside of the River Aire for members of the public to use should they come across someone stricken in the water.

Having a few festive drinks in one of the great waterside bars and pubs in Leeds is a great way to celebrate Christmas cheer. But when you're on your way home in the dark, please take extra care. If you and your friends have> had a few drinks, don't walk home by water, find another route home.

The Canal & River Trust is really pleased to support RLSS UK with its Don't Drink and Drown campaign and its important message - look out for your friends and find another route home.

– Tom Wright from Canal and River Trust