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Byline: Coastguard Strike nears – RNLI confirms lifeboat crews and lifeguards will continue to save lives
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As the weekend approaches and strike action by HM Coastguard members looms, posing a threat to maritime rescue coordination, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is emphasising that its lifeboat volunteers and lifeguards will continue to launch lifeboats and patrol beaches throughout the weekend.
 
During previous strike action there have been instances when media reports have confused the respective roles of the RNLI and the HM Coastguard. (*Please see notes to editor). This is particularly damaging to the reputation of the RNLI, a charity, which is reliant upon donations to support its volunteer lifeboat crews and its lifeguards to save lives at sea. (The RNLI is independent of the Government and HM Coastguard).
 
The lifesaving charity also wants to provide additional safety advice to all sea and beach users – particularly as school children across the whole of the UK will be on holiday from this weekend.
 
Therefore, the RNLI is urging beach visitors and sea users to follow its top safety tips, and to visit the charity’s website for more detailed safety information:
 
RNLI Beach Safety Top Tips www.rnli.org.uk/beachsafety
 
·         Swim at a lifeguarded beach. (See www.goodbeachguide.co.uk )
·         Swim between the red and yellow flags
·         Never swim alone
·         If you get into trouble, stick your hand in the air and shout for help
·         If you see someone else in trouble, tell a lifeguard. If you can’t see a lifeguard call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.
 
RNLI Sea Safety Top Tips www.rnli.org.uk/seasafety
·         Wear a lifejacket
·         Check your engine and fuel
·         Tell others where you are going
·         Carry some means of calling for help
·         Keep an eye on weather and tides
 
 
NB: Editors and news room staff are asked to take particular note of the ‘notes to editors’ at the foot of this document to help the charity.
 
RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789 or email pressoffice@rnli.org.uk
 
The RNLI online
For more information on the RNLI please visit www.rnli.org.uk or www.rnli.ie. News releases and other media resources are available at www.rnli.org.uk/press.
 
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 100 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 137,000 lives. The RNLI is a charity registered in England, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.
 
 
Notes to editors / picture desks / news desks:
 
·         Please ensure all your news staff, picture desks and sub-editors are clear on the differences between the organisations involved in UK search and rescue and the RNLI charity’s position.
 
·         Please ensure that any images used in relation to the HM Coastguard strike threat do not portray RNLI lifeboats in a way that suggests that RNLI lifeboat crews are taking part in strike action. Please find attached two images. One image features an RNLI Severn class all-weather lifeboat, (credit Les Stubbs), the other features an RNLI Lifeguard overseeing a crowded beach (credit Greg Spray). We hope these images will provide examples that help your teams to recognise RNLI lifeboats, lifeboat crews and lifeguards, all of which should not be used to represent those participating in the strike.
 
·         *HM Coastguard has a statutory responsibility for initiating and coordinating search and rescue (SAR) around the coastline of the UK. HM Coastguard decides which resources are needed for a search and rescue incident and requests lifeboats to launch – RNLI volunteer crews respond to that request by launching lifeboats and carrying out search and rescue at sea.
 
 
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Byline: Coastguard Strike nears – RNLI confirms lifeboat crews and lifeguards will continue to save lives
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As the weekend approaches and strike action by HM Coastguard members looms, posing a threat to maritime rescue coordination, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is emphasising that its lifeboat volunteers and lifeguards will continue to launch lifeboats and patrol beaches throughout the weekend.
 
During previous strike action there have been instances when media reports have confused the respective roles of the RNLI and the HM Coastguard. (*Please see notes to editor). This is particularly damaging to the reputation of the RNLI, a charity, which is reliant upon donations to support its volunteer lifeboat crews and its lifeguards to save lives at sea. (The RNLI is independent of the Government and HM Coastguard).
 
The lifesaving charity also wants to provide additional safety advice to all sea and beach users – particularly as school children across the whole of the UK will be on holiday from this weekend.
 
Therefore, the RNLI is urging beach visitors and sea users to follow its top safety tips, and to visit the charity’s website for more detailed safety information:
 
RNLI Beach Safety Top Tips www.rnli.org.uk/beachsafety
 
·         Swim at a lifeguarded beach. (See www.goodbeachguide.co.uk )
·         Swim between the red and yellow flags
·         Never swim alone
·         If you get into trouble, stick your hand in the air and shout for help
·         If you see someone else in trouble, tell a lifeguard. If you can’t see a lifeguard call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.
 
RNLI Sea Safety Top Tips www.rnli.org.uk/seasafety
·         Wear a lifejacket
·         Check your engine and fuel
·         Tell others where you are going
·         Carry some means of calling for help
·         Keep an eye on weather and tides
 
 
NB: Editors and news room staff are asked to take particular note of the ‘notes to editors’ at the foot of this document to help the charity.
 
RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789 or email pressoffice@rnli.org.uk
 
The RNLI online
For more information on the RNLI please visit www.rnli.org.uk or www.rnli.ie. News releases and other media resources are available at www.rnli.org.uk/press.
 
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 100 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 137,000 lives. The RNLI is a charity registered in England, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.
 
 
Notes to editors / picture desks / news desks:
 
·         Please ensure all your news staff, picture desks and sub-editors are clear on the differences between the organisations involved in UK search and rescue and the RNLI charity’s position.
 
·         Please ensure that any images used in relation to the HM Coastguard strike threat do not portray RNLI lifeboats in a way that suggests that RNLI lifeboat crews are taking part in strike action. Please find attached two images. One image features an RNLI Severn class all-weather lifeboat, (credit Les Stubbs), the other features an RNLI Lifeguard overseeing a crowded beach (credit Greg Spray). We hope these images will provide examples that help your teams to recognise RNLI lifeboats, lifeboat crews and lifeguards, all of which should not be used to represent those participating in the strike.
 
·         *HM Coastguard has a statutory responsibility for initiating and coordinating search and rescue (SAR) around the coastline of the UK. HM Coastguard decides which resources are needed for a search and rescue incident and requests lifeboats to launch – RNLI volunteer crews respond to that request by launching lifeboats and carrying out search and rescue at sea.
 
 
Thank you for your help and support