A campaign to reduce the number of water related deaths has been backed by the mother of a teenager who drowned in Worcester.

Thomas Jones drowned after a night out during his first week at the University of Worcester in September last year. He's just one of more than 400 people in England who died while in water last year. His family are supporting the 'Home and Dry' campaign to prevent unnecessary water deaths.

West Mercia's Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion is working with the parents of Thomas Jones, as well as the widow of Shane Walsh - a father of two, who died in Shrewsbury in 2017.

The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness and prevent unnecessary water deaths.

Commissioner John Campion said:

The awful loss of life, has shook our communities. We are taking a strong united approach, which draws upon the expertise of a number of agencies and builds upon the existing good work. I look forward to driving this campaign forward. Together we want to reduce the number of deaths, ensure emergency and voluntary resources aren't drawn to incidents that could have been prevented, and ultimately keep our communities safe."

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion
The body of Shane Walsh was found in the River Severn in 2017. Credit: West Mercia Police
Police searched the River Severn for Thomas Jones in 2018. Credit: ITV News Central

According to the Water Incident Database, 430 people across England drowned in 2018.


Accidental (52 in a river)


Natural causes


Suspected or confirmed suicide


Suspected or confirmed crime


Not recorded