RNLI is­sues warn­ing for the hol­i­days

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

Peo­ple go­ing near the sea over the school sum­mer hol­i­days are be­ing urged to heed safety warn­ings from the Royal Na­tional Lifeboat In­sti­tu­tion (RNLI).

The char­ity is re­mind­ing peo­ple to dial 999 and ask for the Coast­guard in the event of an emer­gency at the coast.

Over the past five years, there have been 65 deaths at the South East coast dur­ing the sum­mer months of June, July and Au­gust, more than at any other time of the year.

Re­search from the RNLI shows less than a quar­ter (22%) of peo­ple in the re­gion say they would call 999 im­me­di­ately to re­quest help if they saw some­one fall into open wa­ter.

As part of the RNLI’s drown­ing preven­tion cam­paign, Re­spect the Wa­ter, it is call­ing on peo­ple to re­mem­ber the fol­low­ing sur­vival tips:

If you see some­one else in dan­ger in the wa­ter, call 999 and ask for the Coast­guard.

If you fall into cold wa­ter, fight your in­stincts to swim hard and thrash about. In­stead, float for 60–90 sec­onds un­til the ef­fects of cold wa­ter shock pass and you can catch your breath be­fore swim­ming to safety or call­ing for help.

Any­one plan­ning a trip to the beach is ad­vised by the RNLI to choose a beach with life­guards and swim be­tween the red and yel­low flags, the area most closely mon­i­tored by them.

The RNLI has launched its Re­spect the Wa­ter cam­paign

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