RNLI lifeboat and lifeguard team team up for safety talks
Rhyl RNLI Lifeboat crew team up with Denbighshire RNLI LIfeguards to deliver water safety talks to school children across north Wales.
As the school summer holidays are fast approaching, the volunteer lifeboat crew at Rhyl has teamed up with Denbighshire's RNLI Lifeguards to deliver water safety talks to around 2000 young children in over 15 schools across the north Wales area. The talks included a whole range of advice and information including, what the RNLI is and how its lifeboats and lifeguards work to rescue people, recognising the dangers in and around the beach and water, what flags mean on lifeguarded beaches and the effects of cold water shock.
The talks involve fun educational games to teach children how to keep themselves and their friends and family safe whilst visiting the beach or going afloat in a boat. The lifeboat crews and lifeguards showed the children some of their lifesaving equipment.
Tom Farrington Senior Lifeguard says 'With the summer break about to begin, with many people heading to the coast it's important that we visit schools to educate youngsters on how to stay safe, after all prevention is always better than a rescue. If you are heading to the coast this summer we recommend you visit a lifeguarded beach and always swim between the red a yellow flags'.
Derek Denton volunteer Rhyl Lifeboat Education and Visits Officer says 'It's been great to work with our local RNLI Lifeguards visiting schools to spread our important safety messages, especially after last years tragic drowning's around our coast. No matter where you go this summer be it the coast, near rivers or lakes always Respect the Water'.
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, in a normal year, 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.