Our volunteers, along with our sister team North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and partner agencies Maritime and Coastguard Agency and Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service are often involved in assisting members of the public who get into difficulties in lakes and rivers in Northumberland.
Today, we want to spread the message that other organisations such as RNLI and Royal Life Saving Society UK – RLSS UK spread about #respectthewater :
If you get into trouble in the water, Float to Live. Lean back and use your arms and legs to help you float, then get control of your breathing before calling for help or swimming to safety.
If you see someone else in trouble in the water, call 999 or 112. If you are at the coast ask for the coastguard, if you are inland, ask for the fire service.
Remember that Cold water shock is triggered in water temperatures lower than 15?C. The average temperature of UK waters is 12?C. So even in the summer, the water temperature is cold enough to cause cold water shock, which can steal the air from your lungs and leave you helpless in seconds.
Head over to our partner agencies websites for more information and share with your friends #floattolive #worlddrowningpreventionday #respectthewater