When someone’s struggling in the water, the instinct to jump in and help can be overwhelming, but it can quickly lead to tragedy without the right training or equipment. The water is unpredictable and a rescue for one can very quickly become a search for two. Stay on land and make the right call, CALL 999
In Scotland, please also note that the responsibility at Loch Lomond lies with a different emergency service, so call 999 and ask for the Police.
If in doubt check local signage but don’t hesitate to call 999 immediately as the operator will help send the appropriate emergency service.
What to do
If you see someone in trouble in the water, the best way you can help is by staying calm, staying on land, and following the 3-step rescue guide – Call, Reach and Throw.
999 and ask for the right service
them to float on their back
them something that floats
World Drowning Prevention Day
We are proud to take part in World Drowning Prevention Day (WDPD), a global event set up by the World Health organisation. WDP runs every year with the aim of highlighting the tragic and profound impact of drowning on families and communities and offer life-saving solutions to prevent it.