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Lerwick lifeboat station in campaign to reduce drowning

Lifeboats News Release

Around 190 people lose their lives at the UK and Irish coasts each year, and over half never even planned to enter the water.

Respect the Water is the RNLI’s national drowning prevention campaign, aimed at halving the number of accidental coastal deaths by 2024.

Local lifeboat crew have run safety events at Shetland primary schools, and now Lerwick Lifeboat Station is working with licensed premises in the town to highlight the risks around the coast, help people avoid these risks and give advice on how to keep safe.

Publicity materials have been distributed over the past two weeks, and the next part of the local campaign takes place at the
Lifeboat station on Saturday 29th July when staff from the bars and hotels have been invited to meet some of the crew, have a tour of the station and find out more about Respect the Water and the work of the RNLI generally.

Local media are also invited to come to the event which will run from
1200 until 1400.

RNLI media contacts:

Iain Derbyshire, Lerwick Lifeboat Community Safety Officer, 07717 061107

Peter Kerr, Local Press Officer, Lerwick, 01595 693827, 07853 336596

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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, Carrybridge 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.

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