RNLI takes action to reduce accidents around Lerwick harbour

Lifeboats News Release

Lerwick Port Authority and Lerwick Lifeboat are working together as part of a campaign to raise awareness of safety in, on and around water.

Creating awareness of hazards at Lerwick Harbour


Creating awareness of hazards at Lerwick Harbour

In Summer 2013 the RNLI launched its Respect The Water campaign, aimed at putting prevention of drowning at the heart of everything the Institution does. This year, the campaign's message is "Can you float", aimed at making people think of the dangers of, not just of the sea but lochs too.

This time of the year sees an increase in water-related activities, and the LPA and Lerwick RNLI hope that their posters will remind people of the potential dangers, and to stay safe.

Iain Derbyshire, Community Safety Officer at Lerwick RNLI said " We'd like to thank the LPA for allowing us to display the posters around the harbour, and we hope that they will help encourage people of all ages to stay safe around the water."

Ally Simpson, Deputy Harbour master at LPA said "The RNLI have done excellent work analysing the factors that improve the chances of survival when unexpectedly entering the water, it is important that we all take note and ensure that message is understood to better protect ourselves while working on and enjoying the water"

Information on the Respect the Water campaign can be found at www.rnli.org/safety.

RNLI media contacts:

Peter Kerr, Local Press Officer, Lerwick Lifeboat Station

01595 693827 07853 336596

Iain Derbyshire, Lerwick RNLI Community Safety Officer 07717 061107

Or Richard Smith, RNLI Public Relations Manager for Scotland on 01738 642956, 07786 668903 or richard_smith@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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