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Councils urged to improve water safety

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A charity has called on councils to improve safety for people drinking alcohol near areas of water in light of a report showing that a growing number of men are found drowned after a night out.

The report, compiled by the Missing People charity, found that around 7% of all missing people discovered dead are males aged 18-39 who were found in rivers, docks or the sea after they went on a night out.

In the first four months of 2011, nine men have died under these circumstances, the report found.

Missing People is also calling on the police to upgrade their risk assessment procedures for people reported missing following a night out.

Geoff Newiss, director of policy and research at the charity, said: “This appears to be a growing problem. These are tragic cases in which families and friends can be left not knowing what has happened to their loved ones for weeks, before their fate is finally discovered.

“One in every 100 people reported missing are found dead. That some of these deaths could be prevented simply adds to the tragedy.”

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