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Campaigners warn of drowning danger while out drinking

14 people have drowned in Bristol in the past six years. Credit: ITV West Country

Campaigners across the South West are urging people to steer clear of open water while out drinking this Christmas.

The Royal Life Saving Society has found that a quarter of all adults who drown have alcohol in their bloodstream.

The Royal Life Saving Society is leading campaigns across the South West. Credit: ITV West Country

Paige Winsper from Penryn in Cornwall lost her brother Josh last year.

He was a fisherman who drowned after a night out with his crewmates.

Josh Winsper drowned after a night out with his crewmates. Credit: Family

Paige says people need to change the way they think about drinking.

"Now we live in Cornwall and there's many bars and there's many pubs and we're surrounded by water and the chances of someone entering the water in Cornwall is really high. So I just want to change people's thought process once they've had a drink so they realise that they're not as strong as they think they are and that they can get home safely really. That's what it's all about".

– Paige Winsper

In Bristol, floating nightclub Thekla has joined a campaign to warn people of drowning after drinking this Christmas.

The Royal Life Saving Society are leading the project which urges people to avoid walking near water after a night out.

14 people have drowned in the city in the past six years.

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Thekla has joined a campaign to warn people of drowning after drinking this Christmas. Credit: ITV West Country