RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution

07/17/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/17/2019 10:24

New Community Safety Officer for RNLI Troon Lifeboat

Speaking about the campaign Vince said, 'Respect the Water is the RNLI's national drowning prevention campaign. It highlights the risks, helps you avoid them and gives advice to keep you and your family safe. Over 190 people die each year at the coast, half of whom never even intended to get wet. We're aiming to see numbers halved by 2024.

'Our Community Safety Team are crucial in helping to achieve this aim by providing free education and water safety advice to all who visit the coast, from walkers to commercial fishermen.'

Each RNLI Community Safety Officer is responsible for the design, implementation and maintenance of a Community Lifesaving Plan (CLP). The plan identifies the most popular leisure activities within the local community so that relevant safety advice can be given to those most at risk.

Vince and the RNLI Community Safety Team regularly speak to local groups and organisations on the topics of water safety, cold water shock, the danger of inflatables as well as river and loch safety to emphasise the dangers around water and how to get help should an incident occur.

Lifejacket checks for those heading to sea is a regular task for the Community Safety Team. Vince says 'Having only been a Community Safety Officer for a short time I am aware that about 70% of lifejackets checked are faulty due to bad winter storage, poor handling, low or no maintenance and often a lack of knowledge of how to look after them. Through the safety checks we find out these issues as we don't want people to find out their lifejacket is not working properly when they are in trouble.'

Vince recently gave a talk to Prestwick Junior Youth Club (pictured) on Respect the Water campaign along with beach safety advice and the use of inflatables at the coast.

Should you wish a visit to a group or organisation from our Community Safety Team please contact [email protected]

RNLI Media contacts:

Andrew Limond, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Troon Lifeboat Station, 01292 314414 [email protected]

Gemma McDonald, RNLI Regional Media Manager for Scotland, 01738 642956, 07826 900639, [email protected]

Martin Macnamara, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 01738 642986, 07920 365929, [email protected]

RNLI Press Office, 01202 336789