Thanet RNLI Community Safety

Is It a Legal Requirement To Wear Lifejackets?

In the UK there isn’t a legal requirement for leisure boaters wear a lifejacket.  However, in Ireland the law requires that appropriate personal floatation devices (PFD’s) are carried on all leisure craft for each member of the crew/passengers; when a vessel is under 7 metres PFD’s must be worn; and people under 16 years of age must wear a PFD’s when on an open vessel or on deck, no matter what size the vessel is.  As of 2019, the law states that it is mandatory for all UK and Irish commercial fishermen to wear a PFD on an open deck (unless there is a risk assessment in force that shows they cannot fall overboard).

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Our team run lifejacket clinic’s from time to time at yacht clubs, lifeboat stations and harbours. If you are interested in getting your lifejacket checked by a qualified member of our team please drop us an email: Andrew_Mills@RNLI.org.uk (Please note: An inspection by an RNLI Community Safety Adviser is not the equivalent of a lifejacket service. Lifejackets should be serviced by an approved service agent).

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Thanet RNLI Community Safety Team Help Prevent Four People From Being Cut-Off By The Tide At Dumpton Gap

Members of the Thanet RNLI Community Safety Team deployed to Dumpton Gap on Sunday (12th January 2020) to chat to dog walkers and beach users about coastal safety as part of their proactive Incident Prevention Engagement (IPE) tactic.

Dumpton Gap is one of the ‘risk’ areas around the Thanet coastline for tidal cut-off’s due to the rapid rate in which the tide can come in and the headland geography. Ramsgate Lifeboat crew are called out from time to time to people cut-off by the tide in this area.

As the team were enjoying chatting to beach visitors at Dumpton Gap they became aware of four people who were embarking on a walk around the headland towards Ramsgate.  With an incoming high tide, a strong wind and rough sea state the people were rapidly approached by team members and advised them against walking this route and to take a safe one along the cliff top.  All four people heeded the advice and took the alternative route to Ramsgate.  Andy Mills – Thanet RNLI Community Safety Officer said “it was a significantly high tide on Sunday morning at Dumpton Gap. Fortunately these beach visitors took on board our advice. We would urge everyone to check the weather and tides before heading out for a coastal walk and to carry a fully charged ‘calling for help’ device such as a mobile phone”.

We would like to thank all the dog walkers, runners and beach visitors who stopped by to chat and learn how to have an enjoyable, but safe time at the coast.

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If you hear or see an animal or person in difficulty in the water call ‘999’ and ask for the Coastguard straight away every second counts!

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It’s Walk Your Dog Month 2020!

Incase you weren’t aware January is Walk Your Dog Month and what better way to kick start your New Years Resolutions by getting out in the great outdoors and walking off some of that festive food and drink?

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Two of our team, Ian and Neil pictured with lovely dog walkers during one of our Coastal Dog Safety sessions in 2019

With obvious health benefits for both you and your dog(s), this awareness month is a great way to help dust off the January blues, get out and about, meet other dog walkers and improve your own and your dogs well being.

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There is nothing better than going out for a walk along the coast with your doggie, however, lifeboat crews and Coastguard Rescue Teams are regularly called out to dogs and their owners who have got into difficulty at the coast. Here are some tips to help you have an enjoyable, but safe time :

  1.  Always carry a means of ‘calling for help’ such as a fully charged mobile phone in a waterproof case and have it within easy reach

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     2.  Let someone know what your route will be and the latest time you will return. Why not use the  SafeTrx app or download What3Words app?

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3. Check the weather and tides before you venture out using either local tide tables or a smart device ap

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4. Heed local warning information advice

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5.  Be aware of your surroundings at all times, it is very easy to be distracted

 

 

6.  Keep your dog on a lead if you are going to be on cliff paths or close to the sea. Cliff edges are dangerous and should be avoided at all costs

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7.  If your dog gets into difficulty in the water or falls down a cliff call ‘999’ and ask for the Coastguard, don’t try and attempt a rescue yourself. The Coastguard can mobilise specialist search and rescue teams.

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We hope you have a great time walking your dog(s) along the coast!  Keep a look out on our social media channels as we run Coastal Dog Safety Stands from time to time around the Thanet coastline often giving out free doggie treats!

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