Prevention of drowning
This week has been spent undertaking new risk assessments in and around the beach area in East Haven. Our assessments are quite timely as Scotland's Drowning Prevention Strategy has just beeen published and aims to cut the number of accidental deaths by 50 per cent by 2026. On average, 50 people accidentally drown in Scotland each year, making it one of the leading causes of accidental deaths in the country, while a further 29 people take their own lives in and around waterways. Fortunately, we have only had one death by drowning in the East Haven area and understand that this was in the early 1970s when a man was seen to walk into the water. Locals attempted to save him but were unsuccesful.
Before East Haven applied for a community led Beach Award in 2016 we sought support from the RNLI and others to undertake an assessment to identify what the risks are in East Haven. Although the risk of accidental drowning is low we have created a safety guide for users of the beach which is posted in the car park area. A full copy of our current risk assessment and beach management plan can also be downloaded from our 'beach page'. In the meantime, we have now submitted an application for a new beach award in 2018 and should hear in May whether we have been succesful or not. Please keep your fingers crossed on our behalf.