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Rugby star James Haskell backs RNLI campaign in Brighton
11:37am Friday 16th August 2013 in News
England rugby star James Haskell helped the RNLI launch a new beach safety campaign in Brighton.
The lifesaving charity’s ‘Respect the Water’ message is being trialled throughout August in the county and will highlight the risks around the coast. It is focused on men aged 25 to 65 as they represent the biggest number of fatalities.
People were invited to the beach to take the Respect the Water Punchbag Challenge to see how quickly they tire against 250kg of water.
The Punchbag Challenge reinforces the message that water never wears out, but people do – even the strongest and most competent swimmers can become exhausted quickly in the sea, especially in the cold UK waters.
James Haskell said: “As a rugby player I train to be as strong as I can be. But I know from experience that even I’m no match for the strength of the water.
“This campaign isn’t about telling people not to go into the water – in fact, quite the opposite. The sea is a great place to have fun and relax in the summer. This is about being smart and safe when you are there.”
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