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Byline: Actress supports RNLI’s summer beach safety drive
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Popular television actress Caroline Quentin is lending support to the RNLI’s Beach Safety campaign 2008. As Easter approaches, the charity is today launching its initiative with the publication of a new guide packed full of beach safety tips.
 
Caroline Quentin is supporting the scheme and has written the foreword to the new RNLI beach safety guide, On The Beach, which is published today to mark the start of the campaign. She says:
 
“As a mother of two children who love going in the water, I always consider safety when visiting a beach and, whenever possible, go to a lifeguard-patrolled beach. Having RNLI lifeguards nearby is so reassuring because the charity ensures they are trained to the highest standards and have the best possible equipment to do their job which, ultimately, could be saving someone’s life.
 
“The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea and the advice in its new Guide to Beach Safety is invaluable – it will take just a few minutes to read and it could be enough to prevent a day of fun ending in tragedy.”
 
Bodyboarding accounted for 26.7% of the major activity-related incidents RNLI lifeguards attended last year. Other activities resulting in major incidents included swimming (19.4%), surfing (19.2%) and using inflatables (7.7%). Rip currents and strong offshore winds were the most significant environmental causes of incidents, accounting for 44.7% and 13.7% respectively.
 
Key safety topics covered in the guide include:
  • Understanding beach safety flags
  • Staying safe while swimming, surfing or bodyboarding
  • Using inflatables safely
  • What to do if caught in a rip current
  • Treating jellyfish or weeverfish stings
RNLI Head of Prevention and Lifeguards, Peter Dawes, says he is thrilled that Caroline Quentin is supporting the Beach Safety scheme:
 
“The charity’s aim is to save lives at sea, and beach safety education is crucial to achieving that. As a mother herself, Caroline fully realises the importance of being safe at the beach. The RNLI advises people to swim at a lifeguarded beach. When people are enjoying themselves at the beach, it is all too easy to forget that the sea can be very dangerous.
 
“We understand it is not always possible for people to get to a lifeguarded beach. If this is the case, it is even more important that people know how to spot potential dangers and avoid them.”
 
Through partnership with The Eden Project, the guide also contains great ideas for beach games, plus some puzzles to do at home, and details of an online sandcastle competition with a top prize of a three-night stay at The Lifeboat College, where RNLI lifeguards and volunteer lifeboat crews train, at the RNLI Headquarters in Poole.
 
The RNLI’s On The Beach guide is available for free by emailing beachsafety@rnli.org.uk or calling 0800 328 0600. Copies are also available from most RNLI lifeboat stations, RNLI lifeguards, Tourist Information Centres, service stations, Little Chef restaurants and selected tourist attractions.
 
Those wishing to identify their nearest lifeguarded beach should visit www.goodbeachguide.co.uk. Provided by the Marine Conservation Society, in partnership with the RNLI, the site provides comprehensive information on the safety provision and facilities at beaches around the UK and ROI. Beach-goers can also check out the RNLI website www.rnli.org.uk for practical advice and tips on staying safe.
 
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Notes to editors
  1. RNLI spokespeople are available for interview or comment.
  2. A copy of the RNLI’s On The Beach guide is attached.
  3. The RNLI formed its lifeguard service in 2001.
  4. This year, RNLI lifeguards will patrol 87 beaches across the southwest (Cornwall, Devon and Dorset), and eight beaches in Norfolk. For the first time, this summer season there will also be RNLI lifeguards on 13 beaches in Pembrokeshire.
  5. The RNLI is a registered charity, which exists to save lives at sea. It relies on voluntary contributions and legacies to ensure its lifeguards and volunteer crews have the very best training and equipment.
RNLI media contacts
For more information, please contact Laura Fennimore, RNLI Public Relations Officer on 01202 663181, email lfennimore@rnli.org.uk or call the RNLI press office on 01202 336789.
 
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. For beach safety information see www.rnli.org.uk/beachsafety.

Byline: Actress supports RNLI’s summer beach safety drive
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Popular television actress Caroline Quentin is lending support to the RNLI’s Beach Safety campaign 2008. As Easter approaches, the charity is today launching its initiative with the publication of a new guide packed full of beach safety tips.
 
Caroline Quentin is supporting the scheme and has written the foreword to the new RNLI beach safety guide, On The Beach, which is published today to mark the start of the campaign. She says:
 
"As a mother of two children who love going in the water, I always consider safety when visiting a beach and, whenever possible, go to a lifeguard-patrolled beach. Having RNLI lifeguards nearby is so reassuring because the charity ensures they are trained to the highest standards and have the best possible equipment to do their job which, ultimately, could be saving someone’s life.
 
"The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea and the advice in its new Guide to Beach Safety is invaluable – it will take just a few minutes to read and it could be enough to prevent a day of fun ending in tragedy."
 
Bodyboarding accounted for 26.7% of the major activity-related incidents RNLI lifeguards attended last year. Other activities resulting in major incidents included swimming (19.4%), surfing (19.2%) and using inflatables (7.7%). Rip currents and strong offshore winds were the most significant environmental causes of incidents, accounting for 44.7% and 13.7% respectively.
 
Key safety topics covered in the guide include:
  • Understanding beach safety flags
  • Staying safe while swimming, surfing or bodyboarding
  • Using inflatables safely
  • What to do if caught in a rip current
  • Treating jellyfish or weeverfish stings
RNLI Head of Prevention and Lifeguards, Peter Dawes, says he is thrilled that Caroline Quentin is supporting the Beach Safety scheme:
 
"The charity’s aim is to save lives at sea, and beach safety education is crucial to achieving that. As a mother herself, Caroline fully realises the importance of being safe at the beach. The RNLI advises people to swim at a lifeguarded beach. When people are enjoying themselves at the beach, it is all too easy to forget that the sea can be very dangerous.
 
"We understand it is not always possible for people to get to a lifeguarded beach. If this is the case, it is even more important that people know how to spot potential dangers and avoid them."
 
Through partnership with The Eden Project, the guide also contains great ideas for beach games, plus some puzzles to do at home, and details of an online sandcastle competition with a top prize of a three-night stay at The Lifeboat College, where RNLI lifeguards and volunteer lifeboat crews train, at the RNLI Headquarters in Poole.
 
The RNLI’s On The Beach guide is available for free by emailing beachsafety@rnli.org.uk or calling 0800 328 0600. Copies are also available from most RNLI lifeboat stations, RNLI lifeguards, Tourist Information Centres, service stations, Little Chef restaurants and selected tourist attractions.
 
Those wishing to identify their nearest lifeguarded beach should visit www.goodbeachguide.co.uk. Provided by the Marine Conservation Society, in partnership with the RNLI, the site provides comprehensive information on the safety provision and facilities at beaches around the UK and ROI. Beach-goers can also check out the RNLI website www.rnli.org.uk for practical advice and tips on staying safe.
 
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Notes to editors
  1. RNLI spokespeople are available for interview or comment.
  2. A copy of the RNLI’s On The Beach guide is attached.
  3. The RNLI formed its lifeguard service in 2001.
  4. This year, RNLI lifeguards will patrol 87 beaches across the southwest (Cornwall, Devon and Dorset), and eight beaches in Norfolk. For the first time, this summer season there will also be RNLI lifeguards on 13 beaches in Pembrokeshire.
  5. The RNLI is a registered charity, which exists to save lives at sea. It relies on voluntary contributions and legacies to ensure its lifeguards and volunteer crews have the very best training and equipment.
RNLI media contacts
For more information, please contact Laura Fennimore, RNLI Public Relations Officer on 01202 663181, email lfennimore@rnli.org.uk or call the RNLI press office on 01202 336789.
 
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. For beach safety information see www.rnli.org.uk/beachsafety.