Wit­nesses asked to speak up

The RNLI wants to learn more from those in­volved in ac­ci­dents or close shaves

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The Royal Na­tional Lifeboat In­sti­tu­tion (RNLI) is call­ing on mo­tor­boaters who have ex­pe­ri­enced or wit­nessed a se­ri­ous in­ci­dent to share their ex­pe­ri­ences.

Be­tween 2011 and 2015, 41 peo­ple died while mo­tor­boat­ing around the UK ac­cord­ing to the RNLI, whose lifeboat crews launched 1,079 times to res­cue mo­tor­boaters in 2015 alone.

The RNLI is aim­ing to halve the num­ber of ac­ci­den­tal coastal deaths by 2024 and is run­ning a range of drown­ing preven­tion pro­grammes. To help de­velop th­ese ini­tia­tives, the RNLI has com­mis­sioned Nat­cen So­cial Re­search (an in­de­pen­dent re­search or­gan­i­sa­tion) to con­duct new re­search to bet­ter un­der­stand se­ri­ous coastal in­ci­dents, in­clud­ing those which re­sulted in self-res­cue, res­cue, or proved fatal.

The re­search will in­volve car­ry­ing out in­ter­views with sur­vivors and wit­nesses of coastal water-re­lated in­ci­dents to help the RNLI un­der­stand more about how po­ten­tially lifethreat­en­ing sit­u­a­tions arise, and what can be done to avoid them.

Par­tic­i­pants must be aged 18 or over and must have wit­nessed or ex­pe­ri­enced an in­ci­dent at sea or on the coast where they felt some­one’s life was at risk or a life was lost. Nat­cen would like to speak with peo­ple who have ex­pe­ri­enced and/or seen an in­ci­dent be­tween 2012 and 2016 in the UK and Repub­lic of Ire­land.

The find­ings will be pub­lished later this year and the re­port will be made pub­licly avail­able on both the RNLI and Nat­cen web­sites.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the ac­ci­dent-preven­tion project and how you may be able to con­trib­ute to this re­search, visit the Nat­cen web­site at www.nat­cen.ac.uk.

Forty-one peo­ple died while mo­tor­boat­ing around the UK be­tween 2011 and 2015

The RNLI launched more than 1,000 res­cues to mo­tor boats in dis­tress dur­ing 2015

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