Reminder about coastal safety

Lifeboats News Release

With the current and on-going search for missing kayaker Dominic Jackson moving in to its third day, coastal safety should be paramount in peoples minds.

Police Scotland and HM Coastguard are co-ordinating an on-going search for missing kayaker Dominic Jackson who was reported missing on Sunday 4 February, after failing to return home from a sea kayaking trip.

Police Scotland is using specialist search teams to continue the search for Dominic tomorrow (Wednesday 8 February), which will be the third day of the search.

Mike Rawlins from Macduff RNLI said

‘Over the past 36 hours we have seen many posts from people on social media offering to help with the search for Dominic and a number of members of the community have been part of an organised search today (Tuesday 7 February).

‘Whilst it is heartening and not at all unexpected, to see such a response from the communities along the coast, with more specialist search teams now being involved in the search for Dominic, I would urge members of the community to not start their own searches.

‘While walking around the coast in our area is a very safe and enjoyable activity, slips and falls do happen. With the poor weather we are experiencing today there could be an increase the risk of slipping or falling on wet ground.

‘We understand that the community want to do as much as possible to help find Dominic, but if someone were to be injured by slipping and falling while searching, depending on the location of the accident, Coastguard teams and lifeboats may need to be involved, taking valuable resources away from the on-going search.

‘It goes without saying that the thoughts of everyone at RNLI Macduff are with Dominic’s family and friends at this very distressing time.’

Notes for editors

  • In 2015 the RNLI launched to 604 incidents where someone had slipped or fallen.

Safety information for people walking on the coast.

  • Be wary of all edges around the sea and waterside. Not all falls happen on high cliffs.
  • If you are going walking, always let someone know where you are going and when you are expected to be back.
  • Always have a means of calling for help
  • Take extra care when walking in dark and slippery conditions

  • RNLI Macduff lifeboat Lydia Macdonald is a B class Atlantic 85 which carries 4 crew.
  • Lydia Macdonald is unique within the RNLI being the only lifeboat that is launched from a mobile crane. This method of launch allows the lifeboat to be launched from other locations should the need arise.

RNLI media contacts:

Mike Rawlins, Macduff RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer on 07720 288366 mike_rawlins@rnli.org.uk

Or Richard Smith, Public Relations Manager Scotland on 01738 642956, 07786 668903 or Richard_Smith2@rnli.org.uk

Or Henry Weaver, RNLI Press Officer for Scotland, 01738 642946, 07771 943026, henry_weaver@rnli.org.uk

Or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

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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.

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