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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.orgKind regardsThe Community Safety Team
EVENTDATE/TIMEDETAILSBig Weymouth Walkies25th MarchSponsored event by Wessex FM and Dave Cumber Vets on Weymouth Beach.Fayre in The Square26th-27th MayA celebration of local music and talent, with the aim of raising money for local groups and wider Rotary charities.Wessex Folk Festival2nd-3rd JuneFree annual event featuring live music, dancing and more.A Class Championship8th JuneWeymouth & Portland National Sailing AcademyWeymouth & Portland22nd-24th JuneMilitary displays, vehicles and re- enactments continue to be a favourite, with the Armed Forces Celebrations Service of Remembrance and parade at 11:00am, Sunday 24th June.Armed Forces Day30th JunePommery Dorset Seafood14th-15th JulyThe UK's largest FREE seafood festival set in Festival WeymouthHarbour. Local seafood, great chefs, demos and more.Byte World Championship19th JulyWeymouth & Portland National Sailing AcademyLulworth Bestival26th-29th JulyMixing music with comedy, theatre and a huge variety of workshops, fun and games.RAF Careers Beach 27th-29th JulyPart of the National Beach Volleyball Tour, organised with the support of the RAF andVolleyball Classic Volleyball England.A Class Championship8th JuneWeymouth & Portland National Sailing AcademyWeymouth Lifeboat Week22nd-29th JulyEvents every day in the harbour, or on the beach, at Bowleaze Cove or on the Nothe see www.rnliweymouth.org.ukRS Games 20184th-25th August1000 boats and 1500 competitors from around 30 nations are expected to make the RS Games a huge festival.Weymouth Carnival14th-15th AugustTwo days of entertainment, displays, processions etc.Dragon Boat RacingOrganised by the Rotary Club of Melcombe Regis, follow the event onFacebook.Merchant Navy Day3rd SeptemberHonouring the brave men and women who kept our 'Island Nation' afloat during both World Wars. Parade at the MNA memorial on the esplanade.Weymouth Yacht Regatta8th-9th SeptemberBart’s Bash 201715th-16th SeptemberWhen the world goes sailing together. Be part of the world’s largest sailing event!Ironman 7323rd SeptemberBrings thousands of athletes to Weymouth for the ultimate one-day test of endurance.Beach Motocross28th OctoberAnnual race event on Weymouth Beach organised by Weymouth Lions ClubGuy Fawkes Celebrations5th NovemberIncluding children’s Guy Fawkes competition, fairground, bonfire and fireworks display.Christmas Day Harbour Swim25th DecemberAnnual fund-raising swim across Weymouth Harbour.