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RNLI safety campaign targets pubs during Christmas party season

Crew members from Teddington Lifeboat Station help raise river safety awareness by training bar staff, business people and the community in rescue techniques and using throw bags.

Crew members from Teddington Lifeboat Station help raise river safety awareness by training bar staff, business people and the community in rescue techniques and using throw bags.

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Staff at pubs, bars, shops and boating companies are being offered free training and equipment by the RNLI to help prevent people drowning on the area's waterways over the Christmas party season.

The charity ran a pilot scheme in the summer to supply potentially life-saving throw bags to pubs at key locations, and train

staff to use them when people get into distress in the water.

The Waterside Community Responder scheme was introduced as statistics show that 20 people drowned around the Broads in the last three years.

RNLI volunteers will train staff at the Lollards Pit pub in Norwich on Wednesday, November 22, and at Broads Tours in Wroxham the following day.

Nick Ayers, RNLI community safety partner, said: “Pubs and bars are particularly busy this time of year and staff are well placed to respond quickly to someone in trouble in the water.”

to take part in the training, visit www.rnli.org/pages/throw-bag-training

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