Throw line bags & Saving Lives

With the increase in numbers of throw line bags being located around our waterways, coastal and harbour areas I thought it was high time to write a blog dedicated to highlighting their importance and good practice. A previous post of mine highlighted how throwline boards are being deployed at a riverside location in Leeds amongst others to help rescue persons who may fall into the water, which is dedicated to a drowning victim.

Incase you haven’t come across a throw line bag before, they are basically specially designed coiled rope that is contained in a brightly coloured canvas bag that can be thrown to a casualty in the water so that you can pull them ashore, keeping hold of one end of the rope. The picture below will illustrate it better.


Throw line bag in action

Increasing numbers of staff at harbour/coastal bars, cafes and businesses are being trained in the use of throw line bags, so that they can quickly deploy them if needed at all times of the day. The RNLI have called this initiative the ‘Community Responders’ scheme and is designed to train and deploy throw line bags in various parts of the country.  They have already trained bar staff up at various premises along the River Thames.  This is such a valuable opportunity to get essential lifesaving equipment into the hands of trained people at key locations, where they will used to save lives.

If you are a business, organisation or group that is based on the harbour, riverside or coastal area in Norfolk, Tyne & Wear or Kent, then follow this link and sign up for the training. If you would like more information on the scheme in Kent, then contact the Margate Community Safety Team and we can help get you signed up to the closest training venue to your business or home.


Further information on how throw line bags are best used can be found here

The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) publish lots of great water safety advice their website link can be found here

RNLI Award for campaigning Mother motivated by Son’s tragic death

RNLI and Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue Service join forces to ,launch community responder training

The Tyne and Wear scheme is dedicated to the memory of Ross Irwin, a 22-year-old who accidentally drowned in the River Wear on his way home from a Christmas night out with his friends in 2016. Ross’ dad, Wearside firefighter Dave Irwin, is backing the scheme that will help local businesses understand the dangers cold water poses to their customers and provide them with the equipment to help rescue them safely.

Thanks for reading and please share or discuss what you’ve read or watched in this blog, it could save someone’s life!

Are you a business, bar, restaurant, or organisation that operates on the coastline, harbour or marina, then sign up for the RNLI Community Responder scheme, it’s free and you will be given free training from a qualified RNLI Instructor at a location convenient to you. Sign up here.