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Cornwall's RNLI saves almost 10k people in a year

Cornwall's RNLI saves almost 10k people in a year

Published by Emma Cartonat 7:22am 13th August 2019. (Updated at 7:25am 13th August 2019)

The south-west has the second highest number of coastal deaths in the UK.

The RNLI is also revealing how many people were saved on Cornish waters last year.

Lifeguards and rescue crews helped almost 10,000 casualties around the Duchy and north Devon.

That includes more than 3,000 people in the Newquay and Padstow areas alone.

The charity is reminding beach-goers and visitors to the coast to follow its simple 'Float to Live' advice.

What do the figures show?

RLNI 2018

What is 'Float to Live'?

The knee-jerk reaction when you find yourself in trouble in the water might be to panic or start swimming frantically for the shore.

However the RNLI says doing the exact opposite could save your life, especially in strong or rip currents or when cold water shock hits.

"Simply lean back in the water, extend your arms and legs and do a little bit of treading water if you need to.

"Just use that moment of calm for a minute or two to catch your breath, regain control of your breathing and decide what your next move is".

Ross Macleod, RNLI

The RNLI says the number of shouts and rescues it deals with at this time of year are higher, because of the influx of visitors.

After the recent stormy weather, the charity is reminding people how quickly the conditions off the Cornish coast can change.

Locals and visitors are being urged to use lifeguarded beaches, follow the lifeguards' advice and stick between the red and yellow flags.

"The water gets busier and you also get a lot of people coming to the coastline who maybe aren't as experienced and don't understand some of these risks, such as the temperature of the water, rip currents and even how tides work".

Ross Macleod, RNLI

You can read more sea safety advice from the RNLI or check where your nearest lifeguarded beach is here.

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