Tidal cut off is a significant cause of call outs for RNLI lifeboats and also to Coastguard Rescue Teams throughout the year. People are often unaware that they are in potential danger and are ill prepared.
Our Community Safety Team held a mobile stand at Dumpton Gap, near Broadstairs on March 1st aimed at giving safety advice to dog walkers. Weather for the event marked a complete turnaround to previous weekends where the country had faced several major storms. So a combination of a beautiful sunny morning and lower winds that many dog walkers took advantage of the conditions and the stunning coastline that Thanet has to offer.
Our stand was carried out by Thanet RNLI Community Safety Advisers, John Homer and Ian Lockyer. They had good in-depth conversations with just over 300 people, mainly concentrating on dog walkers. This number also included walkers and runners. Advice included what to do if an owner was cut off from their dog along the coast as well as advice on local tidal cut off points.
One of the things that the team noticed was that nearly all the local dog walkers were aware of the local cut off points and also used tidal apps and almanacs.
Every member of the public that the team spoke to were very positive about the advice given and favourable to everything the RNLI does. Even the stand proved popular with the dogs with several marking their territory on the panels.
Overall a fantastic, positive morning with some good advice given.
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.
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.
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.
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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