Sea Safety: New Evidence Shows Young Men Most at Risk of Danger at Sea

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As we enter August, which is proven to be one the deadliest months in terms of water danger, the RNLI has called for more young men to look out for their friends when taking trips to the sea, as it’s been revealed that Britain’s young men are at the highest risk of facing danger in the water.

The revealing of this worrying data has led to the focus on encouraging young men across the country to talk to each other about their safety, as this data showed that of the 109 people who tragically lost their lives in the water last year, a shocking 91% were men.

Being a city that draws in thousands of young people every year, as well as having nightclubs in such close proximity to the sea, Brighton has unfortunately had several incidences of water related deaths, making these new tips from the RNLI of the upmost important to young men here.

The two primary tips the RNLI are encouraging men to spread are, firstly, in the case of seeing someone struggling in the sea, do not go in after them, as this is will put yourself in danger too. Instead, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

Secondly, all young men are being encouraged to remind their friends, as well as remember for themselves, that if they find themselves in trouble in cold water to resist the urge to swim and attempt to thrash around and instead try to relax and float on their back until they regain control of their breathing.

The RNLI have also released a series of YouTube videos in order to truly drive the message home on how important it is to be aware of how to act if caught in a dangerous situation in water:

This new advice has come on the back of a study that revealed that way over half of men aged 16 – 35 have found themselves in dangerous situations with their friends, with 35% deeming that dangerous water conditions was a factor.

Whilst this study did find that an amazing 98% of young men do talk openly with their friends, as well as offer advice, not nearly as many men are as happy to discuss safety issues, such as drug or water safety – which is what the RNLI are seeking to change.

Ross Macleod, RNLI Respect the Water Manager, has said:”We believe it’s important to urge more men to chat to their mates about what to do in a dangerous situation at the coast, to save more lives. A simple conversation may be all it takes to truly look out for your mates.”

To find out more about how to keep both yourself and your friends safe when taking a trip to the sea, visit the Respect The Water website, or follow the #RespectTheWater tag on Social Media.

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Featured image by Dominic Alves via Flickr.

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