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Published on : Thursday, June 9, 2016
Thrill seekers are visiting the treacherous coastlines of Britain with a sole intention of taking selfies in the most dangerous poses which is often landing them in trouble as many are ending up drowning.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) disclosed that the desire to catch the perfect pose has led to the deaths of 92 people over the past two years. The number of deaths in UK has reached a five year high about 168 in 2015. The RNLI reported saving nearly 385 lives in near fatal incidents.
Mostly people between the ages of 16 and 39 take daring attempt say James Millidge during storms risking their lives to click the perfect shot. They go far too close to the cliff face to take their picture with the coastline in the background. Many have fallen in the sea and have been rescued.
Most have died after taking part in activities such as walking, running, climbing or angling on the cliffs. Coastal walking and running accounted to almost over 21 percent of deaths in 2015. Warning is displayed to stay away from the coastline have been dismissed by people. The cliff edges are slippery, unstable and uneven. Marked paths have been drawn that visitors are expected to follow. There are often unexpected waves that sweep people into sea. There are drowning prevention campaigns which are harping on respecting the water and prevention of accidental deaths by 2024. Men are mostly given to the thrill seeking adventures so the campaign is targeted towards them. They accounted for 84 percent fatalities in 2015.
The sea water is very cold and is considered the real killer. Even during summers the water temperature does not rice over 12C (54F) which is likely to give anyone a cold water shock. Anyone who falls in the water will experience sudden gasping drawing water in the lungs causing drowning. The cold will cause numbness and the person will feel helpless unable to swim or shout for help. The water may look calm at the surface but strong currents beneath the surface can easily drag you into the sea. Not even the strongest and most experienced swimmers can sustain the strength of these currents. Highest number of deaths was first recorded in 2011.