January, 2008. Holyhead: A man packed a dinghy full of fishing equipment and pushed it out, walking into the water to follow it and board the vessel, but stopped dead in the water, went under the surface and drowned. The assumption is that he suffered cold water shock and became unconscious - if he was wearing a lifejacket it may have kept him afloat long enough to receive medical attention.
July - Belfast. A man was in the water after cockle picking on Scotchman Rock when his punt broke away. The man tried to recover it and was declared deceased later at hospital. No lifejacket worn.
July - Sound of Islay. A male angler in his 70s was swept off by the current. His waders filled with water and dragged him under. No lifejacket worn.
September - Polzeath. A 32 year old male angler was swept off the rocks into the sea, possibly while trying to recover some fishing gear. No lifejacket evident.
December - Aberdeen. A Polish rock fisherman was swept away by large wave. No lifejacket worn.
Now it may have escaped the notice of the MCA - or perhaps they have not yet extended their watery bureaucratic kingdom so far inland - but every year in the UK around fifteen people drown in swimming pools (RoSPA figures) - three times as many swimmers as anglers. The case studies could read:
January - Doncaster. Boy, 15, tries to 'bomb' his pal in the deep end but hits his head and drowns. Not wearing a life jacket.
March - Ipswich. Girl, 14, pushed in the deep end by a group of other girls. Not noticed by pool guard and drowns. No evidence of a life jacket.
OK, I won't go on. You get the point.