Fears raised about kids jumping off jetty

Berwick RNLI has expressed concern about people jumping into the river from the stone jetty at Spittal.

Wednesday, 20th July 2016, 10:14 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 16:28 pm
Berwick RNLI

A number of youngsters were jumping into the river as the tide was coming in during Tuesday’s mini-heatwave.

A member of the lifeboat crew was so concerned that he went to talk to them and offer safety advice.

A spokesman for Berwick RNLI said: “As the schools close for the holidays, Berwick RNLI wish everyone a save and happy holiday. But when you’re out and about near the water, treat the water with respect. The river, estuary and beach even when it looks calm are subject to unexpected waves, tides and rip currents that can catch you out.

“There has in the past been a fatality from someone jumping off the stone jetty at Spittal, don’t you be the next statistic. Over half of those who die at the coast each year didn’t plan to enter the water, slips, trips and falls are a major factor.

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“Cold water shock is a significant danger; the seas around our coast are cold enough all year round to trigger cold water shock.”