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Reminder of the dangers of the seaside
HOLIDAYMAKERS and day-trippers in Hampshire are being reminded of the dangers of the seaside by a charity that saves lives.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution launched its pilot campaign for Hampshire, Kent and Sussex, last Friday.
It is recommending that swimmers choose beaches with lifeguards and swim between the red-and-yellow flags. Other tips include: - watching out for and avoiding currents, which sometimes can carry swimmers away at the speed of an Olympic swimmer - not overestimating your ability - avoiding alcohol if going near the water - remembering to get used to the temperature of the water in the shallows rather than diving in and risking cold water shock.
Ross Macleod, RNLI coastal safety manager, says, “The British seaside is so popular – especially in the good weather we’ve been enjoying recently – but, it’s crucial to stay safe and remember key safety advice so you can enjoy it properly. That’s why we have launched the Respect the Water campaign – to raise awareness of drowning and water safety, ultimately reducing the number of people who lose their lives at the coast.”
About 150 people die from a variety of causes each year on the British coast. The causes of drowning include rip currents, cold water shock, fatigue, alcohol, and trips and falls.
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