St John is reminding people to stay safe in and around the island’s waters this springtime.
Historically at this time of year the service sees an increase in calls to its inshore and cliff rescue teams, as islanders make the most of the improving weather and lighter evenings.
The Service is advising people to be aware of the tides and to take care when rock climbing or walking around the island’s cliff paths.
Stuart Malley, St John Ambulance Emergency Service Station Officer and a member of the inshore rescue team said: “People need to be aware of how dangerous our sea and coastline can be and make sure they know what the tide is doing before they head out. As the weather begins to improve, outdoor activities increase and people need to be careful and act safely. Always make sure you notify someone of where you’re going and how long you expect to be.”
St John operates two inshore rescue boats, on call 24 hours a day, which are called to help people who have got into trouble in small boats, persons trapped by rising tides, as well as responding to casualties who may have had an accident at the base of the island’s cliffs.
The inshore rescue team works closely with the cliff rescue team, who are trained in casualty evacuation using specialised mountaineering equipment and skills.