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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.
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.
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.
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
More people die at the coast each year than are killed in cycling accidents, according to new findings from the RNLI.
13 people died around our region's coast last year.
The figures come as the charity launch a major drowning awareness campaign - Respect the Water.