New life-saving water safety equipment installed in Spelthorne

Throw lines

Throw lines Thanks to funding from Borough and County Councillors, new emergency throw lines have been placed at key locations along the River Thames in Spelthorne. These can be used in an emergency to help people who have fallen in the water. New signage gives full instructions for action to take in an emergency.

Cllr Daxa Patel, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, said: "Drowning is now a bigger cause of death in Surrey than accidental house fires so it's really important not just to raise awareness at the appropriate time of year, but also to provide equipment to help the emergency services should the worst happen. My thanks go to the councillors who contributed funds".

Joining those celebrating the launch of the new throw lines, was Councillor Vivienne Leighton, Chairman of the River Thames Task Group.

The councillors who contributed are:

  • Cllr Alison Griffiths
  • Cllr Naz Islam
  • Cllr Sinead Mooney
  • Cllr Robert Evans
  • Cllr Tim Evans
  • Cllr Richard Walsh