Thanet RNLI Community Safety

Last blog of 2018!

It’s all about……Don’t Drink & Drown!

Well, this is the very last blog of 2018 and what a fantastic year we’ve all had. It’s been a pretty busy year with sixty five deployments to a variety of events, shows and engagements. One of our last deployments saw our team carry out the ‘Don’t Drink & Drown’ preventative patrols at Ramsgate and Margate harbours respectively. During this engagement patrol we teamed up with the Margate HM Coastguard Rescue Team, Kent branch of the Royal Lifesaving Society and the Thanet Community Pastors to share the Don’t Drink & Drown safety message to revellers and bar staff.

Thanet RNLI Community Safety Team blog about Don't Drink and Drown
RNLI Community Safety team out and about sharing safety messages at Ramsgate Harbour

Over two consecutive evenings at both Ramsgate and Margate Harbours the teams engaged with two hundred people effectively sharing the key safety message of don’t walk home alone close to water after a night out, look after your friends so that they get home safely, don’t enter the water if you have been drinking; and alcohol seriously affects your ability to get yourself out of trouble if you have been drinking.

Our ‘Safety Selfie frame’ being put to good use at Wetherspoons

On the lead-up to the Don’t Drink and Drown week I was fortunate enough to be interviewed on Thanet’s local charity radio station Academy FM about the importance of the campaign as Kent is the 2nd highest risk in the UK with regards accidental drownings (54 people died over the past 5 years 15 of those had alcohol in their system, statistics from National Water Forum Water Incident Database).

Isle of Thanet News article on Don’t Drink & Drown 

The Royal Lifesaving Society (RLSS) national campaign – September & December

So, that’s it folks thanks for reading our blog and for following our work. We will be back in January to share with you about the work of our Comunity Safety and rest assured we will have lots of exciting projects to share with you. Happy New Year!

The Beast From The East & Storm Emma

 

‘The Beast From The East’

You will have all, either witnessed first hand, read and or watched the effects of the very challenging weather we experienced throughout the UK, aka ‘the Beast From The East’ and Storm Emma. No doubt you may have read or heard about some of the water related incidents, rescues and the terrible drownings that this weather has led to.  One of the very sad incidents, was that of Charlie Pope, a 19 year-old Manchester University student who went missing in the early hours of the morning.  His body was tragically found in the Rochdale Canal days later. Our heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to Charlie’s family, friends and his fellow University students. An incident in Welling, Kent involved a 60 year old man who had fallen into the freezing lake.  Three bodies were also pulled from the River Clyde in less than 24 hours according to Glasgow’s Evening Times.

Have a look at the widely acclaimed Professor Mike Tipton’s (Portsmouth University) work he carried out for the RNLI on cold water shock. If highly trained Special Forces and Olympic athletes are struggling in extreme water temperatures, then everyone else is also going to struggle too. Take a look at the video below, it may give you food for throught:

Cold Water Shock and Swimming failure

There are a few points to bring out with regards some of these incidents :
  • 1) That the water whether you are at the coast, canal, river or pond is especially freezing at this time of the year. It has been found that around half of those that drown did not intend to end up in the water.  A slip, trip or fall could be fatal.
  • 2) If a person, a dog or other animal does fall into the water or through ice then don’t be tempted to self-rescue, call the emergency services ‘999’ (Fire Service if inland or UK Coastguard at the coast) and get the guys and girls with the specialist kit to carry out the rescue;
  • 3) If you go out for a few cheeky beers with your mates, by all means have a fantastic time, please don’t take that short-cut home, alone near to canals, rivers, coastal areas or ponds! Watch out for your mates, have a plan and make sure that they get home safe and sound. Follow the Royal Lifesaving Society Advice ‘Don’t Drink and Drown’.

Please share as much as possible the advice and video’s in this blog. If you can please sign Becky Ramsey’s on-line petition, it takes just two minutes to enter your name, postcode etc.

Thank you

Some useful links:

National Water Safety Forum