Thanet RNLI Community Safety

RNLI  Announced as Official charity for the Margate Coastal Marathon & Half Marathon

We are delighted to announce that the RNLI has been announced as the official charity for the Margate Coastal Marathon & Half Marathon which will take place later this year in September.  The event formerly known as the Kent Coastal Marathon & Half Marathon is one of the most prestigious running events in the South East, taking either 13 or 26 miles of the most stunning and picturesque sights and landscapes through Ramsgate, Margate, Broadstairs and Westgate-on-Sea.

 

The race organised by Thanet Roadrunners AC is considered to be one of the friendliest marathons to take part in and will see a large number of serious athletes as well as charity runners.  The event starts at 9.30 am on Sunday 6th September 2020, beginning and finishing at Palm Bay School, Cliftonville.

The decision to award the charity this major role was made by the Race Director of the race and Thanet Roadrunners AC club committee.  £1 from every entry will be donated to the RNLI which will be divided equally between Ramsgate and Margate Lifeboat Stations.  In addition the RNLI Community Safety Team are planning to have a sea safety stand at the event where it will deliver important safety information and advice to all the runners, families and spectators.

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Ramsgate All Weather Lifeboat

Maryanne Aitken, Race Director of the Margate Coastal Marathon & Half Marathon said, ‘Thanet Roadrunners is delighted to partner with the RNLI, which does so much work locally to educate locals and visitors alike about water safety’.

 

Andy Mills, Thanet RNLI Community Safety Officer said, ‘We are over the moon that the charity is so recognised locally by such important community organisations like Thanet Roadrunners AC.  Over the year, we hope to promote this race, our involvement in the important message of water safety.

Further details about the race will be published on the Thanet Roadrunners website in due course.

 

Stay tuned for details about our involvement with this great event on our Blog and social media channels

Pegwell Bay Park Runners Enjoy Learning About Water Safety

The Park Run community is without doubt one of the friendliest and vibrant community running groups that helps people of all abilities to get out out on a Saturday morning to enjoy some fitness.  On Saturday (2nd November) our team were very lucky to be able to pop down to The Pegwell Bay Park Run and hold a Water Safety Pop-Up stand.

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Pictured: Ian, Andy and John – Thanet CS Team

The overall objective of the Pop-Up stand was to help support and share the Royal Lifesaving Societies (RLSS) ‘Runners and Walkers’ Water Safety campaign week which starts on Monday 4th November and runs through until 8th November.

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One of our Community Safey Team – Ian Lockyer ready to take part in the Park Run

RLSS indicate that tragically over 300 people unnecessarily lost their lives to drowning in the UK whilst running or walking by the water between 2012–2016.  Each year on average over 60 people a year lose their life to drowning as a result of Running or Walking near water.  Taking a few safety precautions and having a plan should things go wrong is definitely worthwhile. Just taking your mobile phone with you and telling someone your route could help in an emergency.

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It was fabulous to chat to the Park Runners who were all very engaging and interested in improving their water safety and overall drowning prevention knowledge.  We would like to thank the Pegwell Bay Park Run Team for allowing us to attend their fabulous Saturday morning event and chat to runners, supporters and volunteers.  Well done to all the runners for such a great effort on this blustery morning.  We were very fortunate with the weather and that the rain held off until we had packed away.

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The Awesom Park Run Volunteers

The Runners and Walkers Drowning Prevention and Water Safety campaign begins on Monday 4th November, why not use the #runnersandwalkers on your social media channels and help share these critical safety messages?  For more informtion on downloading Runners and Walkers social media imaginery

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Other useful links

Runners and Walkers Identified As High Risk Of Accidental Drowning Year-on-Year

RLSS – About Runners and Walkers campaign

How to become a Park Run Volunteer

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Acknowledgements

Pegwell Bay Park Runners

RLSS

RNLI

Are you Winter Water Safety Aware?

Enjoying a walk or run with family, friends and or your beloved dog can be such great fun during Winter time.  Having some knowledge on how to stay safe whilst out and about during winter will enable you to have a great time.

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Lakes, pools, reservoirs and canals can get frozen over during cold weather, which look very picturesque but all too often people venture out onto the frozen lakes and find themselves in difficulty in the water. Sadly in the past there have been numerous incidents where people have entered the water under ice with the best intentions to either attempt the rescue of another person or a dog and they have tragically become a fatality themselves.

 

The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) has come up with some useful tips on what actions to take in an emergency situation:

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Only use well lit areas

Time your walks to make the most of the daylight; if you need to walk in the evening only use well-lit areas or take a route not alongside water.

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Keep back from the edge
When walking alongside water keep back from the edge.

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Keep dogs on their leads
Keep dogs on their leads when near ice and don’t throw sticks or toys onto the ice.

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Don’t go on the ice to rescue a dog
Don’t go onto ice or into the water to rescue a dog, move to somewhere that the dog will be able to climb out and call them towards you.

 

Know who to call in an emergency

If you hear or see an animal or person who has fallen into through the ice or into the water shout for help and call ‘999’ or ‘112’ ask for the Coastguard at the coast or on the River Thames; and Fire and Rescue Service if inland at a lake, pool, river, reservior, quarry or loch.

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Do not walk or climb onto the ice to attempt a rescue. Try and reach them from the bank using a rope, pole, tree branch, clothing tied together or anything else which can extend your reach.  If you cannot reach them, slide something which floats, such as a plastic bottle or football, across the ice for them to hold onto to stay afloat whilst help is on the way.

Thank you for reading!

Other useful links

Know who to call in a coastal emergency

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Acknowledgements

RLSS

RNLI

HM Coastguard