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Whitehaven Marina support the RNLI Respect the Water campaign 2016

Lifeboats News Release

Around 190 people die each year at UK and Irish coasts. The RNLI goal is to half the number of coastal drownings by 2024. The team at Whitehaven Marina are doing their bit by getting behind this years Respect the Water campaign.

This year’s message focuses on three main risks that catch people out:
 
Rip Currents and Waves - The water might look inviting but there are hidden dangers that can be fatal if not respected. The water can be unpredictable with waves, tides and hidden currents that can drag you out to sea in seconds.
 
Cold Water Shock – This is triggered in water temperatures below 15c (the average U.K. temperature is 12c) - it can steal air from your lungs and leave you helpless in seconds.
 
Unexpected Entry - Around half the people who drown slip, trip or fall into the water. They don’t expect to get wet.
 
If you see someone else in trouble:
1. Call 999/112 and ask for the Coastguard.
2. If you have something that floats or they can hold on to, throw it to them.
3. Don’t go into the water yourself - too many people drown trying to save others.
 
RNLI Media contacts
For more information please telephone Colin Wadey, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07742207222 or email colin_wadey@rnli.org.uk


 

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.

 

The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland