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RNLI Penarth holds sessions teaching lifesaving skills to the community

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI Penarth is holding Waterside Responder sessions to teach life-saving skills to members of the local community who work close to water.

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The scheme is designed to equip members of the community with the knowledge of what to do if they spot somebody in difficulty in the water. The sessions cover how to spot the signs of a person in difficulty in the water, and how to take action without putting themselves or others at risk.

The sessions also include training on how to use throw bags, a rescue device used to pass a line to someone who is in the water. Following completion of the session, local businesses will be provided with a free throw bag to keep on their premises.

Two sessions have been held so far, which were attended by members of South Wales Police.

To register interest in taking part in future sessions, please email [email protected].

Neil Cunningham, Water Safety Officer at RNLI Penarth Lifeboat Station, said:

“People who work near the water are often already in the close vicinity when somebody finds themselves in difficulty, and the aim of this scheme is to equip them with the knowledge and skills to know what to do in these situations.

“Knowing how to spot the signs of someone in difficulty in the water and being able to use equipment like throw bags can buy vital time and greatly increase the chances of survival.

“Having people in the area with the knowledge and skills to take the correct action before lifeboat crews or emergency services arrive could save a life.”

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