Urgent River Safety Summit To Be Held Tonight
7:30am 25th March 2014
An urgent River Safety Summit will be held tonight, bringing together organisations with an interest in this aspect of community safety, with the aim of working together to reduce risk and prevent future incidents.
Julia Mulligan, the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire has called for the meeting, which is set to be attended by a member of York Council, representatives from the city's universities and students unions, police, voluntary groups and others.
When announcing the River Safety Summit, Julia Mulligan said:
"The desperately sad events of recent weeks have again highlighted the need to do everything possible to keep people safe."
"A great deal of excellent work is ongoing, from the City Council to voluntary groups, but there are always opportunities to achieve more by working together."
"Alcohol has tended to be a common theme in contributing to risk and this will no doubt be part of our discussions. Not only that, but we need to reassure residents, students and visitors that York - including its fantastic rivers - are as safe as can be."
Minster FM spoke to Dave Benson from the York Rescue Boat, who says action can't be delayed any longer:
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