A new water safety throwline has been unveiled in a very moving ceremony at Fatfield Riverside (pictured below), by Firefighter David Irwin, the father of Ross Irwin who sadly drowned in the River Wear at Fatfield two days before Christmas in 2016.
The new throwline is the culmination of a joint initiative including Mr Irwin, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, Northumbria Police, Sunderland City Council and the Royal Life Saving Society.
Hopefully this will be the first of many boards alongside our open waterways in Washington and Sunderland.
Caption: Mr Irwin (right), pictured alongside Cllr Tony Taylor (Washington East Ward Councillor) at the launch of the new lifesaving water safety throwline at Fatfield Riverside, Washington UK, 11th May 2018.
As reported in Sunderland Echo: Grieving Sunderland dad backs life saving equipment at riverside