Wear a lifejacket from ship to shore
Sailors are being reminded to wear their lifejackets, even when using a tender to get to shore.
It comes after the Casualty Review Panel, which is made up of representatives from the boating and fishing sectors, revealed that 13 out of the 27 people who died around the British coast in 2017 might have survived if they had worn a lifejacket. Three of the fatalities were sailors: two of whom had been travelling from between their yacht and the shore at the time. All three of the sailors who died in 2017 had been drinking alcohol.
The panel, which includes the RYA, Marine Accident Investigation Branch and the UK Coastguard, said many harbours provide lifejacket lockers and it urged boaters to use them. It also stressed the importance of carrying a VHF radio to contact the Coastguard in case of an emergency, as well as the benefits of wearing a PLB or EPIRB.
Lifejackets are recommended when using a tender