Thanet RNLI Community Safety

Half the people that accidentally drown never intended on entering the water!
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Doggie’s enjoying the lovely beach – but would you enter the water if your dog got into difficulty?

Statistics reveal that half of people who accidentally drown in the UK never intended to enter the water. It is a fact that they were running, walking, fishing or cycling near water that put them at risk of drowning. So, Day Two of the National Fire Chief’s National Drowning Prevention Week focuses on those everyday activities that we all enjoy going out for a walk, run, cycle or angling. In 2017, 255 people died after slipping, tripping, falling or simply underestimating the risks associated with being near water. If you do end up in the water always float to live.

Coastal runners
The HM Coastguard, RNLI and UK Fire Service’s attend calls each year to people that have entered the water in an attempt to rescue their dog either at the coast or at inland waterways. Unfortunately, in some cases the owner enters the water and loses their life and the dog self-rescues. Advice from the HM Coastguard is not to enter the water if you are in any doubt that your dog is in difficulty, but to dial ‘999’ ask for the Coastguard. If you are inland call ‘999’ and ask for the Fire Service.
National Fire Chief’s Drowning Prevention Week

It’s the start of the National Fire Chief’s Annual Drowning Prevention week today (Monday 29th April). The campaign week is designed to highlight the risk of accidental drowning. Drowning is unfortunately amongst the leading causes of accidental death in the UK. As part of our on-going water safety and drowning preventative role we are teaming up with Fire and Rescue Service’s across the UK to help share key safety messages and advice to help make people aware of the risks and dangers when around water, what to do if they fall into water; and how to help someone who is in difficulty in the water.

Members of the Thanet RNLI Community Safety Team pictured with one of the duty fire crews at Ramsgate Fire Station recently on a water safety collaborative visit.

In 2017, 255 people accidentally drowned in UK; 100 people were found to have drugs or alcohol in their system.  In 50% of these accidental deaths people weren’t even taking part in water-based activities Figures also reveal that 106 people drowned whilst out walking or running (source National Water Safety Forum). Men also account for the greatest number of deaths from accidental drowning. 

Each day this week we will be sharing key drowning prevention advice. So, stay tuned for further posts on our social media channels using the #BeWaterAware. If you should hear or see a person or animal in difficulty in the water at the coast call ‘999’ ask for the Coastguard; if you are inland at a lake, river, canal or other area of water call ‘999’ ask for the Fire Service.


How to fit your buoyancy aid
Buoyancy Aids

We hope you have had a good week and wow it’s the weekend already! We are seeing an increase in participation of kayacking, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) and windsurfing around the Kent coast so we thought that this week’s Friday Club should focus on how to fit and check your buoyancy aid. In summary these are the basic checks/advice that you should consider :

  1. Choose a buoyancy aid that fits you correctly
  2. Ensure that is CE approved (check the label)
  3. Regularly check for wear and tear

This excellent RNLI video is a step by step guide on how to do this correctly. Wearing a buoyancy aid and carrying an easily accessible method of calling for help such as a mobile phone or VHF radio will help save your life if you get into difficulty in the water. Always tell someone where you are going and the latest time you will be back. The SafeTrx App is also highly recommended to download for free and use if you are out on the water.

Have a great weekend and if you hear or see a person or animal in difficulty in the water or at the coast call ‘999’ or ‘112’ and ask for the Coastguard every second counts.

More useful links :

Know the risks

RNLI guide to lifejackets and buoyancy aids

Five tips to help keep your children safe at the beach
Five top tips to help keep your children safe whilst at the beach (Acknowledgements to HM Coastguard)

Great to see the sun out this weekend. Hope you are having a great time!   If you are visiting the beach please take a look at the five top tips above to help keep you children safe.  The following will also help you and your family/friends have a safe time:

  • Aim to head for a lifeguarded beach
  • Know the meaning of the beach flags and heed their warnings
  • Speak to lifeguards for local knowledge

We hope you have a fabulous time whatever you are up to. If you should see or hear an animal or person in difficulty in the water or at the coast dial ‘999’ or ‘112’ straightaway and ask for the Coastguard every second counts.

Find the nearest lifeguarded beach

HM Coastguard – Beach Safety

Float to live – help save your life if you fall into the water unexpectedly

Respect the Water

Pop-Up Safety Stand during the Easter Bank Holiday weekend
Water Safety Pop-Up stand at Botany Bay on the Easter Weekend

The Easter Weekend is finally here and the weather forecast is looking pretty good across Kent with sunshine and high temperatures. On Saturday 20th April our Team deployed to Botany Bay with a Pop-Up Water Safety stand. The team really enjoyed chatting to lovely visitors to the beach about a whole host of safety messages including:

  1. How to float if you find yourself unexpectedly in the water
  2. To call the Coastguard for all coastal emergencies via ‘999’ or ‘112’
  3. How to keep your family safe whilst at the beach
  4. Calling for help’ devices for kayackers

Lifeguards are not yet on duty on the beaches in East Kent, so it is important to heed the safety advice above. More information on how to stay safe whilst at the coast can be found either on the RNLI website or HM Coastguard site 

We hope you enjoy your weekends and have a great time.

Five tips to keep your children safe at the beach