Safety advocate Robbie shares story of losing his father to the sea

Safety advocate Robbie shares story of losing his father to the sea

National Water Safety Forum launches powerful film about the dangers of open water
Robbie Jones looking out with quote “Dads die, but they aren’t meant to drown”

In 2021, Gareth Jones was walking his beloved dog Connie along the coast as he did each day. At one point, Connie entered the water while playing and got into trouble, and in an attempt to rescue the family dog, Gareth went in after her. He never came back out. 

To prevent this happening to anyone else’s friends, family or loved ones, his son Robbie is now sharing his devastating loss to help raise awareness of the fatal dangers posed by the sea together with the National Water Safety Forum (NWSF). 

Members of the NSWF including HM Coastguard, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and the RNLI came together to produce a powerful film, which hears from 27-year-old Robbie Jones as he tells the story of losing his dad Gareth to the sea in January 2021. 

The film is being launched on the three-year anniversary of Gareth’s death, as a poignant reminder of the everlasting impact of his loss.


If someone is in trouble in the sea, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.  

For inland waters, ask for Fire and Rescue Service, however be aware HM Coastguard have delegated responsibility for Search and Rescue coordination for some inland waters. 

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