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Selfies cause rise in coastal deaths

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Selfies cause rise in coastal deaths

Daring attempts to capture the perfect photograph have accounted for 92 deaths over the past 2 years. More than half of the 168 people killed at sea in 2015 entered the water accidentally while 385 others were spared only after being rescued by RNLI volunteers. The death toll is 50% higher than the number of fatalities resulting from cycling accidents on UK roads over the same period. Alongside accidents caused by people attempting to traverse perilous coastal paths, fatalities also resulted from swimming, diving & sailing incidents and the driving of vehicles off cliff tops.
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“Respect the Water”

Mary Mullineux
Secretary to Somerton & Langport Area Branch RNLI