Recreational Safety Strategy
On average, there are around 100 maritime related deaths and almost 4000 maritime related injuries each year, with the recreational sector consistently accounting for over 60% of those. We want to limit or reduce the rate of deaths, injuries and accidents in the Recreational Sector by 2020 when compared to 2010.
Supporting government initiatives to open up access to the UK coast and to reduce deaths from accidents and serious injury, the MCA will take every opportunity to encourage people to have fun and enjoy leisure activities at sea and at the coast, but also to plan ahead, make more informed choices and take personal responsibility for their safety.
Our analysis shows that in 2007, at least 245 people got into difficultly at the coast and at sea because they were not adequately experienced in their environment, 234 incidents were caused because people were unaware of weather conditions, and 29 people died because they failed to wear a lifejacket. So our top messages for anyone going afloat are:
The MCA will focus on these five key messages in partnership with appropriate bodies, such as the RNLI and RYA and wherever possible with the support of the NWSF.
We will target our strategy at the general public and specific interest groups primarily through education, and using regulation if appropriate in the case of alcohol.
Key implementation components include;