Erewash Labour; Councillors and former MP Liz Blackman, turned out in force to back the Derbyshire and East Midlands Watersafe UK Search and Rescue Team at an event in Borrowash.

 Watersafe UK are a voluntary search and rescue team with members largely drawn from front line emergency services including the fire and rescue and hospital and pre hospital medical care.
Two specialist Newfoundland water rescue dogs, Boris and Tuggs complete the team which responds nationally and internationally to:

  • Flood rescue and search calls
  • Flooding incidents
  • Rope rescue
  • Natural and international disasters
  • Searches for missing persons
  • Emergency swift water rescue

The charity dinner at the Bay of Bengal Restaurant on 14th March 2012 was designed to raise funds for vital equipment including rescue poles; first aid equipment; team search lamps and underwater viewing devices.

The team distributed sponsorship forms for its next event; a Duck Race on Sunday, 8th April 2012 at the River Dove, Dovedale.

Labour Group Leader, Howard Griffiths commended the organisation:
It’s traditional for politicians to steer clear of water and ducks, but tonight we’re breaking the rule because we want to give 100% support to the tremendous work of Watersafe UK!

Over the past few years, the number of water rescue incidents in the UK and abroad has increased, and the East Midlands Region has seen large scale flooding events.

This brilliant voluntary service is on call round the clock; free of charge, to offer the emergency services the highest level of specialist support in saving lives and mitigating the effects of terrible natural disasters.

We’re proud to be sponsoring the ducks in such a good cause and encourage everyone in Erewash to back these brave and dedicated volunteers.

Helen Clark; Chair of Erewash Labour Local Government Committee thanked Watersafe UK and the Bay of Bengal Restaurant for hosting the event:

I am delighted that so many colleagues came out to support this event and that the Dovedale Duck Race has some  enthusiastic new sponsors!

The effects of climate change make organisations like Watersafe UK vitally important and Labour honours their dedication to the communities – and lives that they serve and save.

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