Cardwell flies the flag to help prevent drowning in the sea
BOSSES at Cardwell Garden Centre are literally flying the flag for a campaign to prevent people drowning in the sea this summer.
The centre, which is only a few hundred yards from the waters of the Firth of Clyde, has hoisted a special flag on one of its flagpoles in support of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s Respect The Water campaign.
The flag that can be seen fluttering in the breeze is at the entrance to the garden centre and carries the life-saving Respect The Water message.
The RNLI’s national drowning prevention campaign highlights the dangers of bathing in the sea and how to avoid these risks.
The charity, which rescues people who find themselves in trouble at sea and around the UK’s coastline, explains what’s behind their campaign. According to their website: “Respect the Water is at the heart of our prevention work, which is aimed at promoting safety advice to all who visit the coast.
“We want you to enjoy the water, but we also want you to recognise its dangers and never underestimate its power.
“It’s our goal to halve the number of accidental coastal deaths by the year 2024. The campaign aims to show the potential dangers of water, to encourage them to consider their actions and adopt safer behaviour.”
Retail general manager at Cardwell – which is close to popular beauty spot Lunderston Bay, near Gourock – Paul Carmichael said: “In all our almost 60 years of existence, we’ve always been just a stone’s-throw from the Firth of Clyde and we appreciate how the sea is a great attraction for people.
“We also appreciate how quickly people can get into trouble while swimming in the sea and the RNLI campaign is a great way for people to learn how they can stay safe in the water.
“Anyone going to the beach at Lunderston Bay can see the flag on our flagpole and hopefully it will remind them to be careful when they are in the water.”
Go to www.rnli.org/safety/respect-the-water for more information on the RNLI’s Respect The Water campaign and for advice when swimming in the sea.