RNLI sea safety advice for power boat trainers.

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI volunteer Sea Safety Officer Jane Varey gave a presentation on the use of the ‘personal locator beacon’ to the Royal Yachting Association powerboat trainer course that was held at the Tees and Hartlepool Yacht Club recently.

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The RNLI presentation underway at the Tees and Hartlepool Yacht Club.

Jane said 'The personal locator beacon is used to alert rescuers of an emergency such as a man overboard situation'.

'Care and maintenance of the beacon was also discussed and the feedback from the group was very positive throughout the session'.

‘It was a pleasure to work with the RYA team and to show the participants on the course the importance of a plb which is a vital bit of kit’.

Around 190 people die in UK and Irish waters each year. That's more than those killed in cycling accidents. Around half of those who drown never intended to get wet.

'Respect the Water' is the RNLI's national drowning prevention campaign. It highlights the risks, and advises how to avoid danger and increase the chances of surviving an emergency situation.

Anyone requiring sea safety advice can contact Jane at Hartlepool RNLI lifeboat station on 01429 266103

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