RNLI Clacton and Tesco join forces on World Drowning Prevention Day
Volunteer fundraisers from the Clacton-on-Sea RNLI lifeboat station were invited by a local supermarket to mark World Drowning Prevention Day and to help pass on beach safety advice.
Local supermarket and supporter of the RNLI, Tesco invited the team down to the supermarket in Brook Park, Clacton for an awareness day to help visitors to their store better understand the importance of beach safety.
Clacton is a popular destination for holiday makers and day trippers and often they will stop off at the Tesco store before heading to the beaches for a day of fun to stock up on essentials such as water, sun cream and snacks.
The volunteer team were on hand to provide advice and hand out leaflets to help people to understand some of the important things to think about when visiting the coast.
Remember these top 5 tips for Beach Safety:
Float to live – just lean back and use your arms and legs to help you float
Choose a beach that has beach patrol / lifeguards in attendance
Know the risks - From rip currents to tides, cold water shock to waves, being aware of the dangers will help you to stay safe
Call 999 or 112 in an emergency and ask for the Coastguard
Know your flags - stay between the red and yellow flags
RNLI Clacton would like to thank Tesco’s for their support, the community and those visiting Clacton, as during the day the volunteers collected donations in the total of £451.30.
These funds will be used directly by RNLI Clacton-on-Sea.
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For more information please contact:
Mark Walsham, RNLI Clacton volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07468511158, or [email protected]
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