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Our Inspection Findings - 4.3 Other Issues - Accidental Drownings
132. Accidental drownings often occur when there is increased water-based leisure activity during warm Summer weather. Warmer Summers could see further increased activity and increased risk.
133. During a hot weekend in July 2021, six accidental drownings occurred across four separate bodies of water. These tragic incidents were reported in the media24 and they highlight the risks involved when undertaking leisure activities in and around open water.
134. Scotland has a water safety action plan to reduce accidental drowning deaths and reduce risk among the highest-risk populations, groups and communities. This involves a multi-agency partnership approach with the SFRS being one of the key partners of Water Safety Scotland, a voluntary association whose main purpose is to understand the risks around water in Scotland and engage with partners to develop a consistent approach to the prevention of water related fatalities.
135. The SFRS developed the Partnership Approach to Water Safety (PAWS) with a focus on improving outcomes in prevention, incident response (training the public on how to safely respond) and a review process which considers factors or trends to improve a focused approach to drowning prevention. PAWS has now become established cross-sector, through Water Safety Scotland delivery.