02 August 2013
Islanders are being reminded of the need to take precautionary measures when taking to the water as Jersey Coastguard launches its annual ‘Safety At Sea’ campaign.
The Island’s coastguard service has already been running a successful awareness campaign through its website, jerseycoastguard.je, and on its Facebook page, offering practical advice and assistance for anyone heading out to sea.
Now the school holidays have started, and with more favourable weather conditions expected, the campaign is focusing on strengthening its messages through local media, including television, radio and newspaper.
The awareness campaign highlights a number of precautionary measures, including the need for adequate safety equipment and suitable clothing, advising someone ashore of your whereabouts, as well as the risk of alcohol impairing judgement when in the water.
Jersey Coastguard Manager, Russell Mathew, said: "Being out on the water is a great way to spend the summer and it is certainly not our intention to prevent anyone from doing so. On the contrary, this campaign merely aims to remind people to take the necessary precautions and highlights some of the dangers they can face if not suitably prepared."
Jersey Coastguard is also reminding anyone planning a journey out to sea over the coming weeks to contact them in advance for further advice, including the latest weather and sea state conditions. Jersey Coastguard can be contacted on telephone 447705 or VHF CH 82.
The ‘Safety At Sea’ awareness campaign is due to run until early September.