Angus MP Mike Weir joined representatives of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution at Westminster this week for the launch of their Respect the Water campaign.
RNLI issues figures showing that the number of deaths at the UK coast reached a five year high in 2015, with 168 people losing their lives. The number of near fatal accidents was higher still with the RNLI’s UK lifeboat crews and lifeguards saving 385 lives in 2015.
A surprising trend is that around half of the people who die at the coast each year never planned to enter the water. Over half were people taking part in activities such as coastal walking, running, climbing or angling.
Commenting on the campaign Mr Weir said
“The Angus coast is stunningly beautiful and enjoyed by many thousands of people, both local and visitors. We have, however, seen how such enjoyment can turn to tragedy and it is imperative that everyone treats the sea with respect, it is both powerful and unpredictable.”
“The Respect the Water campaign is a well timed warning to those who will visit our coasts over the Summer to be aware of the dangers and to take care.”
The attached photo shows Mike Weir MP with Guy Addington of the RNLI at the launch.