Monday, December 16, 2013
South West Coastguards were involved in making the safety video after attending 430 incidents over the festive period last year.
COASTGUARDS around the South West have produced a Christmas carol video with 12 safety tips for the festive season.
Last year, Coastguards dealt with 430 search and rescue incidents over the Christmas and New Year period.
These ranged from dogs over cliffs, people stuck in mud, walkers cut off by the tide and supporting Christmas Day swims.
Richard Martin, chief coastguard, said: “Her Majesty’s Coastguard responds to calls every day of the year, sending out rescue teams in all weathers and often at unsocial hours. Christmas is no different.
“But this festive season we created our very own version of ’12 Days of Christmas’ to make sure people remember some of our key safety messages.
“These include checking the weather and tide times before setting out. The last thing you want to do on that Christmas Day morning stroll is to become cut off by the tide and miss out on lunch.
“If you’re taking the dogs out for a walk on Boxing Day, make sure they’re on a lead, and try not to go too close to cliff edges as they could be slippery or crumbly.
“We’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a fun and safe Christmas. But remember, if you do get into difficulty at the coast, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”
Watch the video made by the Coastguard above.