At Hetton Primary School we recognise the need to teach children how to keep themselves, and possibly others, safe in and around water. On Tuesday 22nd November we had a visit from some lifeguards who work for the RNLI. The lifeguards ran four interactive sessions with Year 1 to 6 exploring water safety. The children were taught about the different flags displayed on our beaches, types of water danger including those in rivers and how to look after yourself and others in water, including safe rescue. The children learned important phone numbers for emergency services like the coast guard. We would like to share some of the important information with our community:
Do know what to do if you see someone else in trouble?
If you spend time on the coast, in all seasons, make sure you know what to do if you see someone in trouble.
Stop and think. Do not escalate the situation by entering the water and risking your own life.
Call for help. Call 999/112 and ask for the coastguard.
Throw them a line. If you have something that could help them float, throw it to them.
'Don't go into the water,' says Mechanic Ian Cubitt from Sunderland RNLI. 'Quite often people don't intend to go into the water and something may happen that means they do end up in the water. Phone for help and ask for the coastguard, throw a life-ring if there is one - but don't go into the water.'