Fraserburgh kids told to Respect the Water

Happy Days Nursery with Victor Sutherland [PICTURE: BILLY WATSON]
Happy Days Nursery with Victor Sutherland [PICTURE: BILLY WATSON]

Fraserburgh RNLI has played host to numerous schools and nurseries throughout the month as it highlights its water safety campaign.

Victor Sutherland, Fraserburgh lifeboat coxswain, has taken the opportunity to remind children about the attractions and dangers of the water and to reinforce the RNLI’s Respect The Water campaign.

Mr Sutherland has been telling the children about an incident on July 9 2014 when two children playing in the sea at Tiger Hill got out of their depth and were swept out to sea.

One of the children’s other friend’s raised the alarm and the children were saved but, as Mr Sutherland has been telling children, they were very lucky.

Mr Sutherland said: “We don’t want to spoil anyone’s fun but we do advise them on the dangers and what they should do in an emergency.

“Visits to the station have been a feature of raising awareness of our work for a number of years and have proved very popular with a wide range of groups, young and old.

“We tell them a little of the history of the RNLI and our station, and what we do to save lives at sea, show them our life saving equipment and give them a guided tour of the station and the lifeboat.”

The campaign headline: Treat the Water With Respect. Not Everyone Can Be Saved, aims to emphasise why the RNLI is running the campaign, and the need for people to take responsibility for their actions around water.

Around 190 people die each year around the UK and Irish coasts.