Big Float shares water safety message in the Kimberley

21 October 2019

Participants in the water on floaties as part of the Big Float at KununurraMore than 800 people gathered in Kununurra yesterday to take part in an amazingly colourful world record attempt! The inaugural Big Float, co-ordinated by Royal Life Saving WA Kimberley Development Officer Glenn Taylor and his local team, aimed at breaking the world record for the longest chain of people on floaties.

Although the record is still unofficial, with a local surveyor and drone images used to calculate the accurate distance, it's believed to have well and truly broken the previous record of just over 215m set in Italy last year - with unofficial estimates at 500m for last weekend's event!

The Big Float was also a great opportunity for Royal Life Saving WA water safety messages to be shared with all those attending, while 60 people purchased our inflatable "Boppa" ducks, raising funds for Royal Life Saving's work in water safety and drowning prevention across the WA community.

Glenn says the event achieved a whole range of aims. "Apart from the world record attempt it was an opportunity to promote Kununurra as a vibrant town and tourism destination. We were also able to promote our local sports clubs and emergency services, and of course Royal Life Saving water safety messages as the weather warms up and there's no better place to be than in the Ord River having fun." 

The Kimberley development officer role is proudly supported by Lotterywest. Find out more about our work in the Kimberley at the link below.

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