With the country set for a week of sunshine and soaring temperatures, the RNLI has urged people hitting the beach to practice water safety and stay in their depth.
Water Safety Support Officer Lisa Hollingum said the RNLI’s key message is the Float to Live campaign.
She said if someone gets into trouble while swimming, it’s important to “fight the urge to hit around” and avoid panicking.
“If you get into trouble in the water, or find yourself in the water unexpectedly, fight your panic urge and lie on your back with your arms and legs outstretched like a starfish and all you can do is gently tread water and get your breathing under control,” She said.
“And that can take 60 to 90 seconds and once you get your breathing under control you can take your next step, you can either call for help or you can swim to safety.
“But in the beginning you shouldn’t panic because when you panic you start a gag reflex and you ingest water, then you gulp water and then you start drowning.”
Ms Hollingum said everyone can swim, and parents can also practice this technique with their children in shallow areas.
“Control your breathing, gather your thoughts, and then plan your next move. It’s something really good to practice with your kids, just practice in the shallow water or in the pool,” she said.
“Swimming is definitely a life skill, but you don’t have to be a strong swimmer to be able to float — anyone can float, and if you’re having a bit of trouble, just gently move your arms and legs to help you.”
Ms Hollingum advised people to take the necessary safety measures before leaving the home, such as B. Checking the tides, making sure the beach they visit is a beach patrolled by lifeguards, and wearing brightly colored clothing.
She urged the public to dial 999 or 112 immediately and ask for the Coast Guard if they see anyone fighting in the water.
People should avoid going into the water to help a person who is struggling and instead look for something that floats, such as a boat. B. a ring buoy that you can throw to the person to help them.
“The best thing a person can do is pick up their phone and call 911, because that’s when the right help will come,” she said.
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