Don’t take chances on the coast

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Spate Of Accidents -

Peo­ple are be­ing warned to treat the wa­ter with re­spect af­ter the num­ber of deaths on Kent’s coast­line al­most tripled last year.

There were a to­tal of 11 fa­tal­i­ties on the county’s shores in 2015, com­pared to four the pre­vi­ous year.

They in­clude Ni­cholas War­ren, 58, who died in the wa­ter at Kings­down in De­cem­ber af­ter try­ing to res­cue his six-mon­thold dog.

The death toll rose fur­ther the fol­low­ing month, when nineyear-old Con­nor Mc­Don­ald was swept out to sea af­ter fall­ing in the wa­ter at Dym­church.

The fig­ures, re­leased by the RNLI, also re­veal a num­ber of near-fa­tal ac­ci­dents, with lifeboat crews sav­ing dozens of lives.

This week, a group of 34 chil­dren and two adults were res­cued af­ter get­ting cut off by the tide on a coastal walk near Dover.

The char­ity aims to halve ac­ci­den­tal coastal deaths by 2024 through its Re­spect the Wa­ter campaign, which raises aware­ness of the dan­gers of cold wa­ter, slips and falls, rip cur­rents and waves. It is mainly tar­geted at men, who ac­count for the most sea fa­tal­i­ties – 81% in the South East.

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