The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) have joined forces to produce a new series of 'How to' videos with advice and tips on how to safely enjoy being on the water.
The RNLI were called out more than 13,000 times to boaters between 2017 and 2019. The first video, released today (link here) - reveals the top five reasons lifeboat crews were called into action along with tips on how to avoid the need to call for help.
They include human error, sinking, running aground and equipment failure. But the top reason for an emergency call out in the last two years involving a boat was machinery failure, with more than 4,000 incidents.
The short series of videos will also cover topics such as electronic navigation, rules of the road, the shipping forecast and best practice when riding a Personal Watercraft (PWC).