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RNLI issues water safety advice ahead of rising temperatures in Scotland

By Imogen James

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AS warm weather returns to parts of Scotland this week, the RNLI have released water safety advice so people can make the most of the weather.

The RNLI is reminding people about the dangers of cold water shock, which can seriously affect breathing and movement, and can occur in any water temperature below 15c.

Over half of those who get into danger at the coast each year never planned to enter the water – slips, trips and falls are a significant problem.

The RNLI is urging people to ‘Float to Live’ if they get into trouble in the water. This means leaning back and spreading your arms and legs to stay afloat, controlling your breathing, then calling for help or swimming to safety.

In a coastal emergency, call 999 or 112 for the Coastguard, or the fire and rescue service if you are inland.

Michael Avril, RNLI water safety lead for Scotland said: "With another period of warm weather forecast for this week, we want to remind everyone to stay safe when visiting the coast.

"With so many people enjoying the water this summer, it’s important that we all know the risks. The sea can be unpredictable, and even with the temperatures soaring, the fact is that the water is still cold.

"The sea temperature around Scotland rarely gets above 15 degrees, and the risk of cold water shock significantly increases as air temperatures rise."

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