Thanet RNLI Community Safety

How to have a fabulous, but safe time at the coast with your dog

There is nothing better than enjoying a lovely walk with your dog at the coast taking in sea air, grabbing some exercise and enjoying time with your friends and family.  However, lifeboat crews and Coastguard Rescue Teams (CRT) are frequently called out to rescue dogs that have entered the water for one reason or another or fallen over the edge of a cliff.  Sometimes their owners will enter the water to try and rescue them too. In 2019 RNLI crews were launched 157 times to incidents involving dogs.

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Drowning Prevention Week stand at ‘Viking Bay’ Broadstairs
Our Drowning Prevention Week stand all set up at Viking Bay, Broadstairs

Viking Bay, Broadstairs was the location of our Drowning Prevention week Pop-Up stand on Saturday (15th June).  The Drowning Prevention week was created by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) which aims to reduce the number of drowning and near drowning incidents that occur in the UK every year, by showing people how to be safe and have fun near water. The campaign encourages schools, clubs, leisure centres and communities, to promote water safety education through events, lessons, games and activities, in a bid to make people more aware of the dangers of water.

Viking Bay, Broadstairs – one of Thanet’s lovely beaches which affords lifeguard cover during the Summer

Our team hugely enjoyed talking to visitors to Viking Bay about a whole host of water safety topics including : inflatables are not for use at the coast, how to ‘float to live’ if you fall into the water, know to call the HM Coastguard if you hear or see a person or animal in difficulty in the water, free swimming lessons for children at Margate during the Summer, lifejacket checks, personal locator beacons, not to enter the water if your dog gets into difficulty and how to Respect the Water. John Homer one of our teams Community Safety Advisors said “our Drowning Prevention stand at Viking Bay proved really popular speaking with over three hundred people and we would like to thank everyone who stopped by to chat about how to stay safe near water”.

One of our lovely doggie visitors enjoying the ‘selfie frame’

Find out Cameron Gosling’s story

HM Coastguard advice on the use of inflatables at the coast