Children of RNLI lifesavers urge families to stay safe this Father’s Day weekend

Lifeboats News Release

With Father’s Day approaching this Sunday (21 June) the next generation of Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifesavers have issued some vital safety messages to help keep families safe this summer.

As RNLI volunteer crew members and lifeguards across the UK and Ireland gear up for what is likely to be a busy summer, some of their little ones have taken a few minutes to deliver some safety advice about visiting the coast and explaining how to call for help in an emergency.

The children of RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew members featured have seen their dads rush off during birthday parties, school concerts and Christmas dinner to answer the call of the pager. They know all too well when they see their dads run out the door when the pager goes off to alert them to an emergency at sea, that they’re going to help someone else and try to make sure they can get home safely to their family. They’ve heard stories of people in trouble on inflatables, cut off by the tide and those who’ve fallen in to the water when going for a walk or a run. They’re asking that everyone takes care this Father’s Day so that all families can celebrate the day together safely.

The video features lifeboat crews’ and lifeguards’ sons and daughters from all around the UK and Ireland.

The children’s message couldn’t be simpler:

· Be safe at the beach everybody

· Avoid taking risks at the coast

· Keep an eye on your family

· Don’t use inflatables in the sea. Even unicorns!

· If you’re in difficulty in the water, Float to Live.

· In an emergency, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard. They will send the lifesavers. Like my daddy (or my mummy!).

RNLI Poole volunteer, Dave Riley said:

‘It’s great to see the younger generation getting involved and understanding the risks of visiting the coast. Sadly, around a 150 people still lose their lives around the UK and Irish waters each year and we ask those visiting the coast to bear in mind the risks involved.’

Since lockdown restrictions were eased last month, the RNLI has worked hard to roll out lifeguard patrols on 47 beaches in England, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands.

Now these beaches are operational and new ways of working and equipment have been properly put to the test, the RNLI is accelerating its service roll-out and increasing the number of beaches which will have a lifeguard service. The charity is hoping to have lifeguards on around 170 beaches by early July - 70 per cent of the beaches it would patrol in a normal summer.

RNLI volunteers have maintained an operational lifeboat service through the pandemic across its 238 lifeboat stations across the UK and Ireland.

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For more information please contact Dave Riley, RNLI National Media Officer on David_Riley@RNLI.org.uk or contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.

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The little lifesavers taking part in the RNLI video

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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.

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