Survivor stories

Meet the survivors who say the Respect the Water float technique helped to save their life

Evan got caught in a rip current

‘Seeing the advert was the reason I knew what to do and how to stay alive in that situation’

‘I REALISED EVAN WASN'T GOING TO COME OUT OF THE WAVES - SO I IMMEDIATELY CALLED 999’

Evan’s dad was on the beach watching Evan and his friends having fun jumping over waves. A strong current pulled Evan out to sea. Realising he couldn’t get out, Evan’s dad made an emergency call and asked the Coastguard for assistance. Thankfully, Evan had seen the Float to Live video and knew what he had to do – to stay calm and float.

Enda capsized into icy water

‘I just had a moment of calm and remembered the Float to Live video… I knew then I was okay’

‘I was in a kayak when the wake of a passing boat made me suddenly capsize into the choppy water. Fortunately I was wearing a buoyancy aid, but I was immediately struck with panic. The more I flayed around, the further away from the kayak I was getting. It was quite frightening and astonishing how, in a matter of seconds, I was 20 yards or more from the kayak and totally helpless.

‘Then I just had a moment of calm, and the only image I could see was the one in the Float to Live video and I just stopped moving everything. I started bobbing up and down in the waves – and I knew then I was okay. Within two minutes or so, the rescue boat was beside me.’

Andrew was pulled away from his windsurfing kit

'I remembered to stay calm and not fight the water. I believe the RNLI saved my life that day’

'When I saw the kit go over the horizon, I thought: “That’s it, I’m not getting back.” Emotion kicks in, your heartrate starts to increase and you start to panic. I started to think about my family.

‘I remember watching the videos on Facebook for Respect the Water and the thing that stuck out for me, was to float. I consider myself very lucky – I watched the footage back of that day and I was even convinced myself that I wasn’t going to get back. The only reason I’m alive is because I remembered to float, stay calm and try not to fight the water. I believed the RNLI saved my life that day.’

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IF YOU SEE SOMEONE IN TROUBLE AT THE COAST, CALL 999 OR 112 AND ASK FOR THE COASTGUARD