Zetland FM Local News - 9th June 2016
A round up of Local News in Redcar and Cleveland for Thursday 9th June 2016.
Coastal fatality figures released today by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution show 22 people lost their lives around the north of England coast last year.
The number of near-fatal incidents was even higher, with the RNLI’s lifeboat crews and lifeguards in the north of England saving 62 lives in 2015.
The figures are released as the charity enters the third year of its national drowning prevention campaign, Respect the Water, which aims to halve accidental coastal deaths by 2024.
The campaign is targeted at adult men, who account for by far the most incidents. Last year, 68% incidents involved men.
A surprising trend is that around half of the coastal deaths each year are people who never planned to enter the water. Of the 122 deaths over the five-year period, 48% did not intend to get wet, with walking and running accounting for over a third of the coastal deaths in the North of England over the past five years.
The charity is asking people to visit RNLI.org/RespectTheWater where they will find information on how to stay safe.
Health students from a local College have offered a lifeline to a St John Ambulance unit by pledging their volunteering services.
More than 15 students from Redcar & Cleveland College have signed up to a first aid training course with St John Ambulance based in Marske, which was under threat of not opening due to a lack of volunteers.
Following the Access to Health students’ applications, the first aid organisation, which relies on community support to help fill voluntary roles, launched the new unit on 01 May this year.
After several weeks of training, all students passed the course and achieved first aider status. The students learned about different aspects of first aid from resuscitation, managing a scene to wound care and are now equipped to work as a volunteer and offer first aid cover at local events, fetes, festivals, concerts, exhibitions and ceremonies.
The borough of Redcar and Cleveland is taking the lead in promoting responsible dog ownership as the area continues to host pet community roadshows throughout 2016.
Dogs Trust, in partnership with Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, has been delivering the roadshows throughout the borough which provide free microchipping, microchip checks, basic health checks, and free dog bags.
The next roadshow will be taking place on Monday 13 June at the George Sickling Community Centre in Ormesby between 11am and 3pm.
The Trust will be highlighting to residents that compulsory microchipping became law in England, Wales and Scotland on Wednesday 6 April 2016. This means it is a legal requirement for owners to ensure their dog is microchipped and the details on the microchip are kept up to date.
Council officers will be in attendance to promote the council’s dog warden service and its hard-hitting “Pick up the Poo” campaign which aims to tackle dog fouling in the borough.
The community roadshows will be taking place throughout the year until October, and more information can be found at: www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/microchipping