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FIREFIGHTERS are backing a national campaign to prevent drowning.

This week is Drowning Prevention Week and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding people about the dangers of water.

It especially warns parents to be extra vigilant by the pool and on the beach as accidental drowning is the third highest cause of death in young children in the UK.

It causes more than 400 deaths in the UK every year.

Station manager in community safety Rob Dellow said: ‘Drowning Prevention Week serves as an excellent reminder of the dangers of water and mud flats.

‘Only recently in Gosport two eight-year-old boys got themselves stuck in the mud and the tide was rising.

‘It was a remote area so no-one could see or hear the boys. Luckily one of the boys managed to get out to alert the emergency services.

‘If he had not got out there would have been devastating consequences.’

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