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Penryn event helps educate water users about sea safety
8:00am Saturday 12th April 2014 in News
The emergency services have been keeping the seagoing public safe with a day of free sea safety talks and demonstrations in Penryn.
Lifejackets were the day’s big draw at the event hosted by Macsalvors, with people queuing to have their lifejackets checked at the RNLI Sea Safety Team’s Lifejacket Clinic. In total, 57 jackets were checked, and of 18 found to be defective, 11 were able to be made serviceable again.
Police officers were also present to tell people about crime on the water and the Boatwatch scheme, security marking of equipment, and plans for a new harbour patrol, which was launched on the day of the event.
Falmouth Coastguard Cliff Rescue Team attended to advise the public on coastal safety, while Falmouth Fire Brigade were on hand, showing children around their fire engine, and talking |to adults about the dangers of |living on a boat, as well as |offering free smoke detectors.
Lifeboat sea safety officer Chris Ruberry said: “The emergency services here today have years of experience in dealing with the loss of life on boats and have come together today to freely share their knowledge and skills to reduce these losses to a minimum. We thank them for all their valuable time”.
Sally Bazeley, representing Macsalvors, said: “We were delighted to be able to host the event again and we’re extremely pleased that the day was such a resounding success.”
Advice and guidance was also available on liferafts, man overboard recovery, emergency communications and safe powerboating, while staff demonstrated the safe firing of distress flares on the quayside.
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