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Community Lifesaving -- Coastal Safety

Although our Lifeboats and lifeguards save many lives there are still too many lost around the UK coast every year. We want to reduce this number through our prevention work.


In Tor Bay year on year we have over 100 `shouts’ and the make up of this number has changed over the years. For the last few years the split between calls to vessels in distress and those to people is split around 50% each.
Mechanical failure of one form or another continues to be the main problem with vessels but by far the highest people `shout’ is in support of the police/coastguards dealing with vulnerable people of one form or another. This matter is not specific to Tor Bay and not one we can directly assist in resolving. That must be left to the professionals re the cause etc.


Our mission Nationally is to reduce the overall avoidable lives lost by 50%. This target was set in 2013 when the figure was 170. By 2017 it had reduced to 109. It is difficult to categorically claim it is all down our prevention work as there are many factors, but we know we have made a difference.
Each Lifeboat station now has a community lifesaving plan specific to the type of incidents experienced in each area. This is updated annually.  

There is also a nationally based annual ‘Respect the Water’ campaign highlighting currently ‘Cold Water Shock’. We cannot save everybody but learn to float if you unexpectedly fall in the sea.

Locally we talk directly to those using the water for their particular activity from diving, jet skiing, sailing, motor boating, kayaking to off shore swimming and sea angling. The messages are all about having the right kit and making changes to behaviours. e.g. trying to get rock fishermen to wear lifejackets etc.
We speak to over a thousand people a year, and check over 500 lifejackets (many have faults and some just would not work). We also run events and presentations and are happy to come aboard boats to advice on safety kit, training etc. So please give me a call.
Our key messages for those on, in or around the sea are:-
When swimming stay inside the 5 knot yellow buoys but if further out make sure you can be seen with a high visibility hat and towed float. It is very difficult to spot just a head from a vessel.  
Keep to the paths when cliff walking and keep dogs on a lead.  
Do not use inflatables in off shore winds  
Do not get cut off, so always check the tide.  
Wear a properly fitted well maintained life jacket or personal floatation device when afloat or rock fishing.  
Get properly trained for your preferred activity
Always carry a means of calling for help  
Tell someone where you are going, what you are doing and when you plan to return.  
Ensure your vessel is seaworthy and if you have an engine make sure it is properly maintained. Always you have enough fuel including reserve.  
Stay Safe and please contact me if you have any questions, or would like any advice.

John Turner  CSO & DLA


Torbay Community Lifesaving - Coastal Safety Officer

 & Deputy Launch Authority

Mob 07866 689315  Station 01803 853136


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