Firefighters from Stapleford joined a range of partner agencies, including Nottinghamshire Police colleagues and staff from the Royal Lifesaving Society, at a water safety event in Beeston last night (Thursday 27 July).
The event, which was organised and hosted by the Nottingham Casuals Rugby Club following the tragic death of 12-year-old rugby player, Owen Jenkins, earlier this month.
It saw crowds of local youngsters come together to learn more about water safety and how to save lives - through workshops on things such as throwing lines and CPR.
"The events that took place earlier this month, which led to the death of 12-year-old Owen Jenkins, were absolutely tragic, and he will undoubtedly remain in our thoughts for a long time to come," said Watch Manager Ben Clements, who works within the Service's Education Team and was in attendance last night.
"As the local fire and rescue service in Nottinghamshire, the safety of the people that live within our communities is absolutely our number one priority and, much like our partner agencies, we are really keen that people – especially children – are aware of the dangers that rivers and open water can pose.
"We therefore fully support the work of the Royal Lifesaving Society to increase awareness on this issue - and also educate young people in things such as throwing lines and basic CPR – to try and prevent further tragedies occurring in the future.
"We are also looking to organise a number of water safety events over the summer, to continue trying to raise awareness of this important issue, as well as having a visible fire and rescue service presence around Beeston Marina over the coming months."
More than 30 firefighters and water rescue technicians worked tirelessly over a four-hour period earlier this month as part of a large scale search at Beeston Marina, after receiving reports of somebody missing in the water.
Unfortunately, they were unable to locate the 12-year-old in what was a tragic event.
Following the incident - the Service's Incident Commander on the night, Group Manager Bryn Coleman, recorded the below video.