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More deaths on Welsh coast than in cycling accidents

The RNLI says more people lost their lives on the Welsh coast than in cycling accidents.

In total, 17 people died last year, and 65 were rescued by lifeboats and lifeguards.

The RNLI says slips and falls are a common issue Credit: Nicholas Leach

Since 2010, a total of 70 people have died around Wales' coast.

Adult men accounted for 73% of them.

Today the RNLI launches its Respect the Water campaign, aimed especially at men, to try and bring these figures down.

Nationally, an average of 160 people die at the coast each year. The RNLI is aiming to halve accidental coastal deaths by 2024.

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Public urged to report dead seabirds after storms

Skomer Wardens Ed Stubbings and Bee Büche visited Newgale beach in Pembrokeshire on February 23.

“We found around sixty dead seabirds, almost half were razorbills” said Ed.

“Like wrecks of birds recorded elsewhere on the coast, many were clearly malnourished, and had suffered badly in the stormy conditions”.

Gannets crowding on a cliff Credit: John Giles/PA Archive

"If anyone finds dead birds on the beach please look for metal rings and report the numbers to the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO)".

Seabird deaths hit Welsh coast

Skomer and Skokholm have 20,000 puffins. Credit: Suzy Harrison/PA Images

The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales says one of the stormiest winters on record is seeing dead birds washing ashore on many of our beaches.

The Trust, which manages the internationally important seabird islands of Skomer and Skokholm on the Pembrokeshire coast, says deaths are being reported on beaches like Newgale, Broad Haven and Ferryside

It's thought local birds are amongst the recent casualties at sea. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive/PA Images

It says between them Skomer and Skokholm are home to over 20,000 puffins as well as around 28,000 guillemots and 9,000 razorbills,