Staff at a Falmouth hotel were trained in lifesaving techniques just days after a body was pulled from the water nearby.

A Don't Drink and Drown training day was organised at The Greenbank Hotel on Friday involving HM Coastguard and Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service with the help of the RNLI.

Safety campaigner Paige Winsper, whose brother Josh sadly drowned in 2016, was there on the day.

She told the Packet: "It's been an amazing day. The staff are all enjoying it, they have all got smiles on their faces and having a laugh but they know how important it is. It's wonderful to watch."

PC Andy Mulhern, a Truro police officer who started the #coastsafe campaign after being involved in the rescue operation of a toddler who tragically died after being swept to sea in 2016, was there on the day.

He said: "It's really good, there's been a fantastic turnout from The Working Boat and Greenbank Hotel. In this area where we have been doing the training today, there have been six incidents in five months where people have entered the water.

"It's tragic timing that we have had a fatality within a few days of the event but that reaffirms the commitment we have got to take that day to day message further."

Mike Parsons from The Greenbank Hotel said: "Being so close to the water means that we’re often the first to respond to any issues in the area. This training means we now know how to react in a fast and effective manner to give the person in trouble the best possible outcome."

Research indicates that around a quarter of all adult drowning victims have alcohol in their bloodstream.

As well as receiving the training, both businesses received Royal life saving society #dontdrinkanddrown for display within their premises.

Matt Rogers, senior coastguard operations officer from Falmouth Coastguard, said: "We’re really pleased that these businesses have jumped on board with this training initiative, which is in an area of high risk where drownings and incidents have occurred in the past. By offering this vital life-saving training to their staff, they will be able to make lifesaving interventions, like using a throw line, if one of their patrons enters the water.

"This is very specialist training and we would urge people not to put their own lives at risk by jumping into the water to save someone. It is much safer to rescue people without entering the water. Unless you’re properly trained, the best thing to do is raise the alarm by calling 999 and asking for the Coastguard."

Ben Young, managing director from The Greenbank Hotel, said: "Operating a busy hotel and pub literally on the edge of the sea means we have the ability to be of significant use to the emergency services should the need arise."

This training was organised by Matt Rogers alongside Devon and Cornwall Police, the RNLI and Cornwall Fire and Rescue.