The following notices have been issued by the RNLI Central Safety Team giving advice on policy, safety, procedural aspects etc intended for local safety teams.
From RNLI Central
The RNLI has a “Zero Tolerance” approach to antisocial behaviour, but what does that actually mean? Find out HERE
Anti-social Behaviour and Zero Tolerance Policy
At the end of July a new navigation e-Learning course for crew and sea-goers was announced. Find out more HERE
New e-learning navigational course
The recently published MAIB report on the fishing vessel Louisa, which foundered whilst at anchor, has highlighted a number of issues that might be brought-up during your RNLI preventative activities in coming days.. More details HERE
Last week another customer fell between their boat and the pontoon finger in the Westwey Road marina. The lady was unable to get herself out of the water despite desperate attempts and was rescued by the RNLI Inshore Lifeboat. The following points should be considered by berth-holders: •Do you know where the nearest escape ladder is to your boat? •Is it worth leaving a ladder lowered on the stern of your boat in harbour if you have one?•Think about following the harbour staff's example by wearing a lifejacket at all times on the pontoons. •A customer has also suggested that it could be helpful to know where the closest vessel is with a bathing platform etc. on the stern as this could be used in an emergency to get out.•Likewise please familiarise yourself with all emergency equipment on the pontoons.Please act now to ensure you do not find yourself in the same position. Do not under-estimate the difficulty in getting out of the water when you are shocked and cold.
Along with the RNLI’s latest policy on Time Expired Pyrotechnics that was emailed to you on 5th June, we provided you with a link to the MCA’s Guidance notes on how to dispose of them. Some of you will have noticed that this guidance links to a number of documents however these links were broken. We contacted the MCA, who responded as below: ‘MGN 419 is the latest marine guidance note, however following changes from Directgov to Gov the link to the information was broken. At this time we are currently reviewing the policy for accepting TEPs and the appointment process and until this has been completed we are unable to issue a new guidance note, as we don’t want to issue confusing messages.Information about the disposal of TEPs can be obtained from Gov.uk through the following link: https://www.gov.uk/owning-a-boat/safety-at-seaThe above information does still reference MRCCs and we are working with the site administers to change and update the terminology in line with Future Coastguard, and to amend the links. Please see attached the latest version of the advice and contact numbers that we hold.In any correspondence or safety advice briefing it is important to stress that the Coastguard has no statutory duty to take in out of date flares and that the service currently offered is a last resort option at the discretion of the Coastguard and should not be used as the primary route of disposal for TEPs in the UK. Initially members of the public should look to dispose of out of date flares through the place they brought them, as many chandlers do offer a take back scheme. Pains Wessex have implemented a contracted solution through Aquafax which enables participating chandlers to takeback Pains Wessex flares for disposal. Details of the Pains Wessex scheme can be found through the following link: http://www.painswessex.com/news/2014/07/22/aquafax-launches-uk-flare-disposal-scheme In addition British Marine have implemented a contracted solution through EOD Contracts, which enables their members to dispose of TEPs through participating marinas, although there is a small charge for this service. We would also ask you to stress that the Coastguard do not undertake a collection service, if an MoP has TEPs in their garage the onus is on them to dispose of them appropriately.’Kind regards, The Community Safety Team
As you know, as well as being there for people in an emergency, you as specially trained RNLI volunteers offer boaters a number of fantastic services and we have produced an A5 ‘What we can do for you’ leaflet to help you advertise these services in your local communities. On one side it promotes the lifejacket lockers, currently in 4 locations, giving details on how the public can find out more including other planned locations. The other side advertises that we offer lifejacket clinics, advice on board and presentations and gives details on how the public can book one of these services with us.There are now a number of leaflets available to order through firstname.lastname@example.org and for those times you want to display these leaflets, be that at events or in a retail environment etc, you can also order a RTW cardboard leaflet holder. These leaflet holders are generic with the ‘Treat water with respect, not everyone can be saved’ message on the front, hold A5 size leaflets and come in packs of 2.Both the ‘What we can do for you’ leaflet and the RTW leaflet holder are now available to order by emailing email@example.comKind regardsThe Community Safety Team
NOTE: Items in yellow indicate possible interventionsMARCH11Weymouth Bay 10k Charity Fun RunHotel Riviera 12Commonwealth Flag RaisingCouncil Offices, Weymouth18Weymouth Half MarathonWeymouth Seafront23-25Jurassic Coast Running ChallengeWP Sailing Academy 25The BIG Weymouth WalkiesSponsored event by Wessex FM and Dave Cumber Vets on Weymouth Beach.APRIL3Talk at Castle Cove Sailing ClubCastle Cove Sailing Club 8pm11Weymouth Bay 10k Charity Fun RunHotel Riviera 2-6100th Anniversary of the RAF Event 8Osprey Sprint TriathlonOsprey Leisure Centre, Portland22Yeovil Car ClubPavilion Forecourt 11am – 4pm25 Anzac Day ServiceWeymouth Seafront 11amMAY5Quayside Music FestivalWeymouth Harbourside12-13Weldmar Colour Run and Bubble RushLodmoor Country Park 13Transport of YesteryearJubilee Clock20The Hard Way HalfPortland 26-27Fayre in the SquareA celebration of local music and talent, with the aim of raising money for local groupsand wider Rotary charities.26-27Quayside Music FestivalRendezvous Weymouth26Egdon Easy 10k RunLodmoor Country Park 27Vintage and Classic RallyJubilee Clock, Weymouth27-28Portland Marina Open Days28US Memorial DayService and.Wreath Laying Weymouth Seafront, 11amJUNE1-3Wessex Folk Festival Family festival on Weymouth Harbourside with two free stages showcasing a rangeof traditional and modern folk acts. Morris dancing, food and craft stalls along thepicturesque harbourside. Workshops and traditional music sessions in the local pubs.2-3Weymouth Volleyball Club EventWeymouth Beach3 Hardy Country Classic TourRiviera Hotel6, 13, 20, 27Bustinskin Aquathlon SeriesBowleaze Coveway 8-10 A Class National Championships10Transport of YesteryearStatic car display, Jubilee Clock, 10am-4pm17Race to Bill TriathlonWP Sailing Academy 23-25Weymouth & Portland Armed ForcesMilitary displays, vehicles and re- enactmentsDay Celebrations 23Military Vehicle DisplayCharity Stalls and Convoy to Portland24Service of Remembrance and ParadeWeymouth Seafront, 11am25Armed Forces Flag RaisingWeymouth Council Offices, 10.30am30 & 1 JulyChickerell Steam & Vintage Show 30Macmillan Mighty Hike Jurassic CoastLodmoor Country Park JULY1Portland 10 Mile Road Race Every Wed.Bustinskin Aquathon SeriesBowleaze Coveway, 7pm-8.30pm 7-8Tag Rugby FestivalWeymouth Beach7-8OMRA Model Powerboat Racing Pleasure Pier, Weymouth8 WMD TriathlonPleasure Pier, Weymouth13Porsches on the PromWeymouth Seafront, 6pm-9pm14-15Pommery Dorset Seafood FestivalThe UK's largest FREE seafood festival set in WeymouthHarbour. Local seafood,great chefs, and more.19-22Byte World Championships Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy22-29Weymouth Lifeboat WeekEvents every day in the harbour, or on the beach, at Bowleaze Cove or on the Nothe see www.rnliweymouth.org.uk22Tea on the QuayMusic Festival, Rendezvous Weymouth, 12pm-10pm29 Dorset Tour Lodmoor Events Area, 2pm-4pm26Battens Charity Volleyball EventWeymouth Beach27-29Weymouth Beach Volleyball ClassicPart of the National Beach Volleyball Tour, organised with the support of the RAF andVolleyball England.AUGUST1, 8, 15,Bustinskin Aquathon SeriesBowleaze Coveway, 7pm-8.30pm 26 & 274-25RS 25th Anniversary Games 5 Party in the Park hosted by Air FMLodmoor Country Park12Round the Rock 10k RunPortland14-15Weymouth Carnival & FireworksTwo days of entertainment, displays, processions etc.17-18Ragged Victorians Nothe Fort19Weymouth Classic Sprint TriathlonsBowleaze Cove 25-26Quayside Music FestivalHarbourside 26Dragon Boat RacingOrganised by the Rotary Club of Melcombe Regis??Radipole Park open daySEPTEMBER3National Merchant Navy DayHonouring the brave men and women who kept our 'Island Nation' afloat during bothWorld Wars. Parade at the MNA memorial on the esplanade.4Dumble Bimble Charity FunPortland 8-9Weymouth Keelboat RegattaWeymouth Sailing Club8-9Military Weekend 15-16Bart’s Bash 2018When the world goes sailing together. Be part of the world’s largest sailing event!16 Weymouth World Tour BiathleGreenhill Gardens22The Heroes Challenge Run West Fleet Farm, Chickerell 23Ironman 70.3 Weymouth OCTOBER`13-19Weymouth Speed Week14Osprey SprintOsprey Leisure Centre, Portland 20-27Halloween Half Term FairgroundPavilion Forecourt, open daily from 12 noon21Weymouth 10Weymouth Seafront, starting 9am28 Lions Beach MotocrossWeymouth Beach, organised by Weymouth Lions ClubNOVEMBER4Royal British Legion Festival Weymouth Pavilion5Guy Fawkes Celebrations & FireworksWeymouth Seafront. Including children’s Guy Fawkes competition, fairground,bonfire and fireworks display.11Remembrance Sunday ServiceWeymouth Seafront25Sparkle in the ParkLodmoor Country Park, 3.30pm DECEMBER2Wyke Square Christmas FayreWyke Regis, Weymouth15-5 JanDick WhittingtonPantomime at Weymouth Pavilion 16Chase the Pudding Santa RunWeymouth Beach25Christmas Day Harbour SwimAnnual fundraising swim across Weymouth Harbour. 11am
Note from Weymouth Street Pastors
RNLI Respect the Water Campaign 2017As the co-ordinator of Weymouth Streetpastors, I was contacted during October 2017 by Clive Edwards of the Weymouth RNLI community safety team regarding safety around the harbour in Weymouth. We met with the Weymouth harbourmaster and had a constructive meeting and developed a collaborative approach to raise awareness within the town centre of the RNLI Respect the Water campaign. Clive kindly gave me a quantity of stickers and I visited 102 establishments in the town centre area and made them aware of the RNLI respect the water campaign. I emphasised the target audience of the campaign was males between the ages of 19 and 39 and suggested a poster be placed where this demographic group would see it most. All venues were keen to support the campaign and after Clive had received additional supplies and laminated A4 posters I was able to distribute pub packs and other RNLI merchandise to the 102 venues. The Weymouth harbour master added Dial 999 and ask for the coastguard stickers to all lifebuoys around the length of the harbour and I can report no incidents of people entering into the harbour during the winter months of 2017 and over the Christmas period particularly New Years Eve when large numbers of people come into the town to celebrate.In conclusion, awareness of the Respect the Water campaign has been heightened in Weymouth as a result of multi agency co-operation.Dave ReesWeymouth Streetpastors co-ordinator