Pirate FM News

Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.

Cornwall's Coastal Deaths Revealed

news - RNLI
Submit this page to redditDelicious

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

Share This Story

Submit this page to redditDelicious
Suggested articles
amazon echo

The new way to hear the local news for Cornwall

Pirate FM launches news service for Amazon Alexa

Most read
gritters

Gritters out as temperatures plummet in Cornwall

And we could even see a sprinkling of snow!

storm waves 2

UPDATE: Wind warning for the whole of Cornwall

Attraction shut and major event postponed

Top articles

UPDATE: 'Incident' at Oxford Circus tube station

Cornwall News: Police were urging people to get inside buildings

Pirate FM Cornwall News Update - 7th January 2016

Cornwall Video News: Officials say they’re holding talks to find new jobs for hundreds of workers in Bodmin.

Will 2017 be the year of the White Christmas?

National News: After our first taste of wintry weather, everyone is keen to know if we'll get a White Christmas this year.

UPDATE: Body found on popular Cornish beach

Cornwall News: Police say death at Watergate Bay 'isn't suspicious'

New Little Miss character revealed to inspire girls into STEM subjects

Showbiz News: A new Little Miss character will aim to inspire the next generation of girls into science, tech and engineering subjects.

EU: UK has 10 days to sort divorce settlement

World News: The President of the European Council has given the UK 10 days to meet EU demands on the Brexit divorce settlement.

Manchester United's Michael Carrick says he is back in training after a heart procedure

Sports News: Manchester United's Michael Carrick has revealed that he has been suffering with an "irregular heart rhythm".

Football star Michael Owen finishes second as he turns jockey for fundraising race

Strange News: Former professional footballer Michael Owen finished second in his jockey debut as he raced at Ascot in front of Prince Charles and Camilla.

Newer article

Cornwall's Police Car Damages

Cornwall News: It has been revealed officers not using handbrakes has cost them thousands.

Older article

VIDEO: Rip Current Rescue at Bude

Cornwall News: Young boy plucked to safety at Crooklets

Pirate Extra Pirate 70s Escape LoveCornwall