Exmouth's National Coastwatch Institution launched a new scheme over the weekend, raising awareness of drowning in the sea while drunk.

An evening held at the Powder Monkey Exmouth, costal safety officer for NCI Exmouth – Karen Goldby and trainer assessor for Royal Life Saving Society – Nicky Knight are working together to promote the don’t drink and drown campaign.

The main messages of campaign they want to get across to the public:

  • Don’t walk home near water after a night out, you might fall in.
  • Make sure your mates get home safely after a night out, don’t let them walk home on their own.
  • Cold water kills and can take the life of even the strongest swimmer.
  • Don’t enter the water if you’ve been drinking, alcohol seriously affects your ability to get out.

Karen and Nicky spoke to good number of people and gave out information leaflets, wrist bands and campaign beer mats. The response from the customers was very positive and the NCI would like to thank the Powder Monkey for allowing them to this, Don’t Drink and Drown, Eyes along the Coast.

In other news, volunteer Mike Searle has recently qualifed as a trainer with NCI Exmouth. Mike joins a highly valued team of Trainers who provide training for newcomers to the voluntary organisation throughout the year and annual refreshers to ensure everyone is current in their knowledge.