Brigade sends river safety message.(Marine firefighting)

Cleveland Fire Brigade has joined forces with British Waterways to help prevent deaths caused by people bathing in rivers

Cleveland Fire Brigade, in partnership with British Waterways, are launching a series of initiatives to minimise the risk and educate people as to the dangers of swimming in British waters such as rivers after a series of deaths already this year. Latest figures show that in 2002, 427 people drowned in the UK, 251 of which were inland. The majority of victims are men aged between 15 and 45.

A purpose built water rescue vehicle, similar to a landrover, has just been purchased by the brigade which will be based at Thornaby Station. This vehicle is designed to compliment the two water crafts which form the main rescue provision. …

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