Revellers in Oxford have been classified as at high risk of drowning while under the influence, according to a life saving society.

Authorities in Oxford have been supporting the Royal Life Saving Society's national campaign 'Don't Drink and Drown' by making residents aware of the dangers of walking near water while intoxicated.

  • Oxfordshire has been named the 13th highest county for alcohol related drownings in the UK.

The campaign has spread to local bars and the Universities of Oxford and Oxford Brookes.

The RLSS say one of the main focuses of the warnings is keeping young people and students safe.

  • Interviewee: Graham Wilson, Royal Life Saving Society

The Oxford Water Safety Group, assisting the campaign, is made up of representatives from Oxford City Council, Thames Valley Police, South Central Ambulance Service, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, RLSS UK, The Environment Agency and Canal and River Trust.

As we're gearing up for Christmas, we know we will see many more people in the city enjoying themselves. But we're also a city with great links to the water, we're on the waterways, and we want people who are going out to go home safely - to look after themselves, to look after their friends, family and colleagues. They need to think about the routes they'll be taking home because we know that the water can kill."

Cllr Tom Hayes, Cabinet member for a safer and greener environment, Oxford City Council

accidental drownings involving alcohol/drugs in the UK between 2013-2017


deaths in the UK between 2013-2017 after intentionally engaging with aquatic activity after drinking

  • RLSS advice on staying safe

  • Don’t enter the water if you have been drinking

  • Alcohol seriously affects your ability to get yourself out of trouble

  • Look out for your friends, make sure they get home safely

  • Don’t walk home near water, you might fall in