Broads Authority collaborates with the RNLI to save lives in the Broads National Park

The Broads Authority is supporting the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) to put together a teaching course for waterside bar staff working in the Broads National Park.

The course will teach those who work in nearby pubs and restaurants how to deal with a casualty in the water. It is hoped that the course will prevent future drowning fatalities.

This pilot course is known as the ‘Waterside Community Responder’ scheme and will supply potentially life-saving ‘throw bags’ at key locations. Training will cover how to use the throw bags correctly in the event of a person entering the water.

The throw bags are 20m floating lines which when packed in their own bags are weighted enough to be thrown to a casualty, they can then be used to pull the casualty to safety by the person throwing the bag. They will be situated in locations close to waterside establishments.

Head of Safety Management at the Broads Authority, Steve Birtles, said of the initiative,

“Here at the Broads Authority we care passionately about the safety of everybody who uses the national park. We see the Waterside Community Responder scheme as a great opportunity to work closely with the RNLI to build up a team of knowledgeable people who work in the Broads and are confident of how to respond should a member of the public enter the water.”

The initiative coincides with the RNLI’s annual national drowning prevention campaign, Respect the Water, which aims to encourage people to make themselves aware of the potential dangers of the water. It is part of the charity’s efforts to reach the goal of halving the number of accidental coastal deaths by 2024.

The RNLI is now appealing for managers and staff at pubs, bars and restaurants to come forward and register their interest for training.

More information can be found by visiting this website https://rnli.org/pages/throw-bag-training

The Broads Authority works with the RNLI to lead a water safety initiative

Tuesday 17 April 2018