RNLI drowning campaign after rise in coast deaths

More people die at the coast each year than are killed in cycling accidents, according to new findings from the RNLI. The figures come as the charity launch a major drowning awareness campaign

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Rise in RNLI call-outs prompts new drowning warning

New figures released by the RNLI show that the number of coastal deaths has reached its highest level for four years.

In 2012/2013 thirteen people died in our coastal waters - four in the seas off Cumbria, five off Dumfries and Galloway and, on the East coast, four died off the Scottish Borders' shoreline.

The RNLI is now launching another campaign to raise awareness of water danger.

Lori Carnochan reports.

Warning after RNLI call out numbers on the up

The RNLI lifeboat service in Workington are warning people of the dangers of water after exceeding their annual call out numbers in just seven months. The volunteers usually have around 12 call outs per year, but have had 15 already in 2014- with four of those in the past week.

The hot weather has been a contributing factor as more people head to the coasts to enjoy the sunshine.

"People need to remember how dangerous the water can be and what can happen if you go out there without the proper knowledge.

"Make sure you are with somebody who knows what to do if you get into trouble. Be aware of the dangers of swimming in cold water- it can cause shock in a matter of seconds.

"Don't drink alcohol if you're going out on the water, leave that until you're back on dry land.

"Make sure you know the tide times and be prepared for a change in weather."

– Workington Cowain, John Stobbart

There are two lifeboats based at Workington and the large vessel costs around £6000 for every call out.

The 22 crew, who respond to the rescues, are all voluntary and are on call every day of the year.

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RNLI warns 'Respect the Water' as summer approaches

The RNLI have released figures today, as part of their summer drowning awareness campaign, that show the number of people dying in coastal incidents is at its highest for four years.

  • More people die at the coast each year than are killed in cycling accidents
  • Over two-thirds of those killed around the coast are adult men
  • Alcohol is a factor in around 1 in 5 coastal deaths
The RNLI boat at Workington Credit: ITV Border
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