1. ITV Report

Statistics reveal Tyne and Wear has the UK's fifth highest number of alcohol related drownings

Revellers in Newcastle are being warned to be responsible - and stay away from water when they're on a night out.

It comes as part of a national campaign by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) to reduce the number of deaths caused by alcohol related drowning.

Tyne and Wear has been identified as a 'high-risk' county by RLSS UK. Figures revealed twenty-nine people have accidentally died in the last five years.

Out of those, thirteen had alcohol in their system.

Newcastle Quayside Credit: PA
The number of accidental deaths in the UK
The amount of victims who had alcohol in their bloodstream

In 2017 alone, we responded to 126 water-related call outs. Since January 1 2018 this figure already stands at 111.

We support promoting water safety messages not only at events like this; but we work closely with local businesses to provide training and information, so they have the confidence to deal with life threatening incidents and raise awareness to both staff and customers of the dangers of alcohol and open water.

– Lynsey McVay from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

As part of the campaign, which is running from the 3rd to the 9th of December, RLSS UK will be working with Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and Newcastle City Council to urge people to be careful while they're out drinking.

It'll see shoppers at Newcastle Quayside market given information on how to stay safe close to open water. Pubs in the area will also display Don't Drink and Drown posters and beer mats, and volunteers will be speaking to people while they're on a night out.

Alcohol drinkers warned of the dangers Credit: PA

Drinking near or in water can be a dangerous and deadly cocktail. Alcohol can seriously impede your ability to survive in water.

When walking home from a night out, we urge people to avoid routes that are alongside water, particularly in the darkness, and always stay with and look out for your friends.

– Pamela Wilson from RLSS UK

Safety tips include:

  • Don’t walk home near water, as you might fall in
  • Look out for your friends, and make sure they get home safely
  • Don’t enter the water if you have been drinking