How the RNLI can bring the best safety ad­vice to your boat

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Things can change quickly at sea,’ says Jon Ox­en­ham, RNLI Com­mu­nity Safety Man­ager. ‘Even the most ex­pe­ri­enced skip­per or crew can get caught out, and there’s no shame in that. A bro­ken-down en­gine plus strength­en­ing winds, or a fall from your ten­der with­out a life­jacket, and sud­denly a mi­nor is­sue be­comes very dan­ger­ous. We’d much rather peo­ple call us be­fore sit­u­a­tions be­come se­ri­ous, but it’s even bet­ter to keep your­self safe and know what to do in the first place.

‘Thanks to al­most 200 years of search and res­cue ex­pe­ri­ence, we’ve seen most of the things that can catch you out,’ Jon con­tin­ues. ‘To help you avoid them the RNLI of­fers a range of free ser­vices.’

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