Loch Ness RNLI give children top tips for water safety in their summer holidays

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Nearly 150 schoolchildren were given vital advice from Loch Ness RNLI on how to stay safe in and around the water for their summer holidays.

Loch Ness RNLI volunteers delivering safety messaging for schoolchildren

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Loch Ness RNLI volunteers delivering safety messaging for schoolchildren

The RNLI lifeboat station, situated close to schools in Drumnadrochit, delivered water safety messages just before pupils broke up for their holidays.

Linda Izquierdo Ross, a Deputy Launch Authority at Loch Ness RNLI, visited Glen Urquhart Primary School along with two other volunteers, Iain Lee and Diane Gow.

They emphasised the importance of the charity’s Respect the Water message and urged students to remember not to panic if they entered the water accidentally.

The message is to float like a starfish and to breathe once their head is out of the water.

In the afternoon the whole of Balnain Primary visited the lifeboat station at Temple Pier where they spotted dangers in the surrounding water and environment. Lorna Grant, another Loch Ness volunteer, joined Linda in helping the children.

Linda said: ‘The RNLI water safety team would like to thank the teachers and heads of these schools for inviting Loch Ness RNLI. We wish all a happy and safe summer!

‘We would also like to remind everyone that the charity’s Respect the Water campaign is applicable to any water user, and not just children.’

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