“Super Saturday” drinkers urged to stay away from water

In December 2016, 22 year old Ross Irwin lost his life when he fell into the River Wear after leaving the pub. Ross had been drinking with friends in Fatfield, Washington. His body was found in the water the following day, around 100 yards from where he fell in.

With many pubs reopening tomorrow, we’re urging people to stay away from the water. Alcohol lowers your inhibitions, increases risk taking behaviour and affects your co-ordination – a deadly combination.

In 2018, 89% of men who died after going missing on a night out were found dead in water. If you’re going out this weekend, plan your journey home and don’t let your friends wander off if they’ve had too much to drink.

If you see someone in trouble in the water, call 999. Look around for lifesaving equipment and shout for help – many waterside venues have throwbags and staff who are trained to use them.

Crew Manager Dave Irwin with the throwline board dedicated to his son Ross

On the Newcastle/Gateshead Quayside, throwbags are available at:

  •  By The River Brew Co
  • The Quayside (Wetherspoons)
  • Slug & Lettuce Newcastle
  • The Cycle Hub
  • Greggs
  • The Tyne Bar (closed this weekend)

In Washington, throwbags are available at The Biddick Inn and Havelock Arms. There is also a throwline board nearby, which was installed in Ross’s memory.

No family should have to go through what TWFRS Crew Manager Dave Irwin (pictured) went through when he lost his son Ross. Please stay away from the water.