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Daniel's Story

A Drowning prevention case-study

This short video is a true story. 

Daniel became separated from his friends during a November night out and fell, unnoticed into the River Ouse.

A random 999 call sparked a major, multi-agency rescue and Daniel was rescued alive after a police helicopter located a faint heat source. He had been in the water for around 90 minutes. 

The video weaves together his story, his family’s reaction when they got the call and the events of the evening from the perspective of East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service personnel who rescued him along with those of our emergency service colleagues. 

The aim of the film is to highlight how easily this sort of thing can happen and to try and prevent it from happening so regularly.

89% of men who died after going missing on a night out were found dead in the water.