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Cornwall's Coastal Deaths Revealed

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7:25am 24th July 2014

Pirate FM can reveal the number of deaths off the Cornish coast.

There have been 59 in the last four years.

13 of those were in 2013.

It is everything from drownings and cliff falls to commercial accidents.

The RNLI is launching a Respect the Water campaign in Newquay on Thursday.

The charity's sea safety officer, Ross MacLeod, said: "I think factors such as the good weather, simple things like that, encourage more people down to the coast and therefore more people taking part in coastal activities and that, of course, puts people more at risk when they're spending more time in the water."

Nationwide, 167 were killed.

Two thirds of them were men.

Alcohol was involved in around a fifth of incidents.

Richard Spindler from the RNLI says when people go swimming, they think it will be warmer than it is: "For a start the water temperature is probably fourteen degrees, the swimming pool is thirty and you jump into the sea and the first thing it does is take your breath away and increases your heart rate; I've seen the strongest swimmers get into all sorts of trouble."

Elizabeth Toogood's uncle drowned after he went for a swim off the south-west coast.

She says we all need to take more care: "There's so many people who see the sea as a place to go and have fun and to be enjoyed which it is but you need to be aware of the dangers and how strong the current can be because it is invisible, in a way, to us and it just has the power to stop us in our tracks."

7:25am 24th July 2014

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