Motion ref. S6M-00241
Water Safety Scotland’s Respect the Water Campaign
Submitted by: Beatrice Wishart, Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats.
Date lodged: Thursday, June 3, 2021
Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Alex Cole-Hamilton, Jackie Dunbar, Kenneth Gibson, Liam Kerr, Monica Lennon, Fulton MacGregor, Ruth Maguire, Liam McArthur, Stuart McMillan, Colin Smyth, Paul Sweeney, Elena Whitham
That the Parliament commends the work of Water Safety Scotland and its campaign, Respect the Water; notes with concern the figures provided by it recording that there are 97 water-related fatalities on average annually and that this trend has increased in recent years; recognises the enjoyment and benefit of water sports and activities to physical and mental health wellbeing, and, as the COVID-19 restrictions ease, welcomes efforts to promote water safety policies across the country to ensure a safe and enjoyable summer around the mainland and island coastlines and on beaches and rivers.