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News stories and communications about our events and activities as well as safety advice are posted to these social networks virtually every day….so it is worth following us. Due to COVID-19 safety protocols our team have not been able to hold any public facing community engagements. Therefore we have tried our best to share as much as possible across our social media channels.
On Saturday (29th June), we enjoyed a catch-up with members of the Margate HM Coastguard Team and the RNLI Lifeguards who were attending an induction workshop so that they are operationally ready for the forthcoming season. Which if last Summer was anything to go by could be very ‘high tempo’. It is essential that both teams understand each others operational capabilities and roles as they regularly work closely together at complex multi-agency incidents at the coast.
The HM Coastguard are widely known for their helicopters and their daring sea rescue missions. However, one of the lesser known Coastguard roles is that of their Rescue Teams based along the coastline. The teams are all highly trained women and men who are volunteers available round the clock to answer an emergency call.. The Coastguard Rescue Officers (CRO’s) are highly trained in cliff, mud and water rescue; advanced first aid and increasingly deployed in their capacity as search technicians to search for high risk vulnerable missing persons in a variety of environments.
It was great to learn about the range of incidents that the Margate Coastguard Rescue Team can get called out to and also the level of training that an RNLI Lifeguard has to undergo before they are ‘operationally ready’.
It was fantastic to stand shoulder to shoulder with both teams to support Armed Forces Day by holding aloft the flag as pictured above.
Recently our team met with members of the Margate Coastguard Rescue Team to swop educational drowning prevention and water safety material ahead of the season. This is hugely beneficial so that both teams can share safety messages via an assortment of different innovative material. The Coastguard team can be called out to a wide range of incidents where sometimes they may have the opportunity to impart safety information which could help advise someone to change their behaviour eg wear a fully serviced lifejacket when they venture out on the water or check the tide times before venturing out to the coast. So, having a selection of material to hand out is useful.
Keep an eye out for this free material when we are holding our community safety stands at public events.
More useful HM Coastguard beach safety information can be found here
The weather this past weekend was absolutely fantastic, the record for the hottest early Bank Holiday Monday was beaten according to BBC Weather. The previous record was 23.6C which was set back in 1999. The hottest part of the UK was Gosport, Hampshire where it reached 24.7C. As thousands of visitors descended to the the coast, the HM Coastguard reported that they had received 94 missing children reports over the bank holiday weekend alone. Inaddition to the missing children reports, the Coastguard had been sent numerous photograph’s of people posing for ‘selfies’ stood on cliff edges. One in particular at Beachy Head, featured a family posing close to the cliff edge with young children!
The Coastguard warn that there are simply no safe places to take that ‘cliff edge selfie’, as the recent torrential rain, followed by the very dry weather can make cliff edges suspectible to crumbling, rock falls and decay.
Follow these top tips should you see someone in difficulty in the sea, on the beach or at the coast:
1. Call ‘999’ or ‘112’ and ask for the Coastguard as every second counts. Over half the people we speak to don’t know to call the Coastguard for an emergency at the coast
2. Describe your location to the Coastguard officer where the emergency is taking place
3. Describe the number of people/craft in your group or who you can see in trouble
4. Describe the problem (dog in the water who cannot swim out)
5. Give any additional information, life ring has been thrown to the person
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