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RNLI's New Year Safety Plea
8:03am 1st January 2015
A New Year sea safety warning is being issued for Cornwall.
South-west lifeboats launched 24 times and rescued 13 people over Christmas last year.
At Loe Bar, 24 year old Harry Swordy lost his life as he went for a dip with mates to see in 2014.
Coastal Safety Manager James Millidge says RNLI volunteers are on standby: "We do end up being called out, unfortunately, to tragic events which is obviously the reason why we're trying to highlight the importance of if you're going to take a swim this festive period to do it safely and take the necessary precautions so you have a good time and wrap up warm after.
"It's important that people respect the water, they don't swim alone, don't overestimate your ability and obviously the sea conditions can be very challenging and unpredictable during the winter; cold water shock is a major risk to life."
You can find sea safety advice if you're taking part in New Year swims here.
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