West Midlands - City kids learn how to be safe beside the sea

12th March 2010 at 00:00

Inner-city primary school children are to receive beach safety advice from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

Primaries in Birmingham and Coventry are being visited by lifeguards over the next two months as the charity's expert lifesavers offer beach safety advice to the pupils.

The RNLI's Beach to City project aims to equip inner-city children - who are often less familiar with the dangers of the coast - with the right knowledge and skills to spot beach hazards.

In total, the scheme intends to speak to more than 12,500 children aged seven to 11.

Nathan Palmer, national education manager at the RNLI, said: "Children typically account for around two-thirds of the incidents RNLI lifeguards deal with each season, and it's often the case that children from cities are less familiar with the dangers of the seaside than those who live near the coast and visit more often." DM.

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