Plans to cut drink drownings in Oxford

Published: Wednesday, 05 December 2018

DRINKERS in Oxford have been classified as 'high risk' due to drownings caused by the influence of alcohol.

New statistics have shown that there were 25 drownings in the Thames and the Oxford Canal over the past five years with eight of them while under the influence of alcohol, they being classified as 'high risk', Alan Tilbury reports.

Drink responsibly

This has resulted in the city's party-goers being urged to take more care and to drink responsibly when near the river or canal during the night, when the deaths have occurred.

The city's emergency services and local authorities are now backing this week's Don’t Drink and Drown campaign, run by the country's drowning prevention charity the Royal Life Saving Society UK.

The authorities will work with pubs, clubs the universities and colleges across the city to promote safety and responsible drinking over the coming festive period, it being led by the Oxford Water Safety Group.