THE family of the Late Dir David Amess have donated new lifesaving equipment to Chalkwell Lifeguards Club.
The club chose World Drowning Prevention Day to launch their new Red Rescue Stand Up Paddle Board, a generous donation from Lady Amess, Katie, Florence Amess, and their family.
The board is a testament to Sir David’s dedication to the community and his passion for ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all those who enjoy the waters along Southend City’s foreshore.
A spokesperson said: “We made this gesture in honour of the late and dearly missed MP for Southend West, Sir David Amess.
“The club has chosen this significant day to introduce the board, which will aid in saving lives along Southend Cities foreshore not just this summer but for years to come, serving as a lasting tribute to the memory of Sir David.”
The impact of World Drowning Prevention Day is far-reaching, with its global campaign aiming to educate people about water safety and raise awareness to prevent unnecessary loss of lives in seas, rivers, lakes, canals, and ponds throughout the year.
Beach Lifeguard Debra Sales Tiffen said: “It was wonderful to celebrate World Drowning Prevention Day and pay tribute to Sir David Amess MP at the same time.
“We are so grateful to Lady Amess, Katie and Florence Amess and their family for the new Red Rescue Stand Up Paddle Board to save more lives along Southend Cities shoreline, Sir David’s memory and light is shining brightly on all of us.”
A spokesperson from the club added: “Our summer water safety advice is that currents can be stronger than they look, water can be colder than it looks, and if you get into difficulty stay calm and float on your back and call for help.”
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