Introduction to #CoastSafe


In 2017 there were 19 coast-related deaths in Cornwall. #CoastSafe aims to ensure that you, a family member or friend don’t become one of this year’s statistics.

Recent deaths have included:

  • A father and his two-year-old daughter died after being swept into the sea in rapidly changing weather conditions. They had been fishing on rocks at Fistral Beach, Newquay when a large wave knocked them into the water.
  • A holidaymaker drowned whilst trying to rescue his dog at Porthmellon near Mevagissey.
  • Another man drowned whilst looking for his dog at Dunderhole Point, Tintagel. It is thought he may have lost his footing and fallen into the sea.
  • A swimmer drowned whilst in the sea at Perranporth Beach.
  • A man died after getting into difficulties while swimming off Porthcressa beach on St Mary’s in the Isles of Scilly.
  • Three surfers died after getting trapped in a rip current at Mawgan Porth, near Newquay.
  • A man lost his life when a scuba diving trip went wrong at Portholland.
  • A holidaymaker got caught in a rip current at Crantock
  • Two brothers who were fishing off rocks in the Newquay area got swept into the sea and drowned.

This group of swimmers were rescued from rough seas at Holywell Bay after being caught in a rip current.

Video courtesy of Maritime and Coastguard agency.

The #CoastSafe partnership aims to educate both locals and visitors with the aim of avoiding needless deaths this summer.

#CoastSafe supports four key water safety initiatives each year.

The #CoastSafe partnership is made up of:

  • Cornwall Air Ambulance
  • RNLI
  • HM Coastguard
  • Cornwall Fire & Rescue
  • Environment Agency
  • The Samaritans
  • SurfLifesaving GB
  • South Western Ambulance
  • South West Emergency Services Collaboration
  • Royal Lifesaving Society
  • and Devon and Cornwall Police

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