The RNLI and Aquapac are urging anyone planning a coastal visit or an activity on the water to carry a means of calling for help and to keep it on them, as dialling 999 or 112 for the coastguard should you get into difficulty could save your life.

Around 150 people lose their lives on the UK and Irish coasts each year, highlighting the importance of this vital lifesaving message as the charity and Aquapac announce their new partnership.

Julie Heylings saved her daughter Megan’s life because of her decision to take a mobile phone when they went kayaking as a family. Julie said: ‘The sea had a chaotic half hour. A large wave came out of nowhere, lifted Megan and her friend’s kayak right up and crashed it down near the rocks. I was so grateful to see the RNLI lifeboat arrive. Without a mobile phone with us that day, there would have been no way of getting help. A couple more minutes and we could have lost Megan to hypothermia.’

You will be able to purchase an Aquapac waterproof pouch from the RNLI later this month on their online shop

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