RNLI issues warning for the holidays
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