‘Got ducked, fell in' is designed to raise awareness of the dangers of being drunk or on drugs near water. It also sets out to highlight what safety equipment is in place at high risk locations, such as life rings or throw lines.
Kent Fire and Rescue Service is called out to around 40 water rescue incidents every year on average, and some of the people involved accidentally fell in when drunk. We want people to have fun, but also to take care of themselves and think before they drink near water.
Medium sized rubber ducks are being placed around Kent and Medway where KFRS has repeatedly been called to rescue people from water.
Explanatory posters are placed next to each duck, outlining 'what the duck' it's all about, and highlighting the call to action for the public - now you've found the duck, help to raise awareness by posting a photo of it on Twitter or Instagram with #gotduckedfellin #gdfi and also hashtag the town you found it in, e.g. #Maidstone.
Beer mats will also be given to water-side pubs throughout Kent.