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Beach Alcohol Safety Warning For Cornwall

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7:01am 9th April 2012

Cornwall gets a beach alcohol safety warning.

It comes after it is revealed nearly forty percent of UK drownings happen at our coasts or in the sea.

Accident prevention charity ROSPA say 420 people lost their lives in water-related incidents last year.
Thousands of visitors are arriving in the Duchy for the easter bank holiday getaway.

ROSPA are also warning over the dangers of stuff like strong tides and tombstoning.

Peter Cornwall, Head of Leisure Safety, said:

"If you're not fit to drive, then you're not fit to go swimming would be a bit of simple advice from us. Saving the drinking until the evening when you're in the pub, and then not getting tempted to jump back in again under the influence of drink or peer pressure.

Peter adds jumping into the water from rocks or piers is another big risk:

"Before you take that plunge, stop and think, you know, 'can I get back out of the water?' 'How deep is the water?' 'Is it high tide, is it low tide?' Once you're in are you going to be able to cope with the conditions, you know, the sea is very powerful."

"It is about thinking about safety, and also just making sure you do have a relaxing time and if you get some information about where you can go and where you can get some information about supervising your kids, then that's a great thing."

7:01am 9th April 2012

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