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Riverside staff to be given life-saving water training in York

The RNLI is joining forces with North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and the York Rescue Boat to offer the training Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Staff who work in pubs and restaurants along the river Ouse are being offered potentially lifesaving water safety training.

Sonny Ferry Credit: ITV Yorkshire

19-year-old Sonny Ferry from Ketton, near Stamford, was on a night out with friends in York when he fell into the river in April.

  • Kate Ferry, Sonny's mum

Five people have died and three have been rescued in the last six months.

The RNLI and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service are teaching people how to use specialist equipment and possibly save a life.

Volunteers undergo training in using a potentially lifesvaing throw bag. Credit: RNLI

Research shows that a significant proportion of drownings involve people visiting pubs and bars near water and then getting into distress.

It could be someone taking a seemingly innocent swim and suffering cold water shock, or it could be through an accident where someone never intended to be in the water.

Staff at these venues will be our advocates on the waterside.

They are the ones most likely to be there at times where risk is most prevalent. The idea behind training staff or volunteers at pubs bars and restaurants is they will be able to encourage good behaviours in that environment by giving the public knowledge and advice, and they will ultimately know what to do if someone did enter the water.

– Nick Ayers, RNLI Community Safety Partner