Whitehaven Marina support the RNLI Respect the Water campaign 2016
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.