Norway’s sea rescue service raises its preparedness ahead of Easter

Sea rescue ship - Klaveness MarinePhoto: Vidar Ruud / NTB
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The Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue (Redningsselskapet) is raising its preparedness level ahead of Easter. 

“Our 52 lifeboats, manned by permanent and volunteer crews, have sharpened their preparedness in the run-up to Easter. 

“Boat owners should know that we are there for them, and I think it is important that we represent extra security at a time when many people are planning to go on their first boat trip,” general secretary Rikke Lind in Redningsselskapet noted.

The sea rescue service asks people to prepare well and emphasizes the importance of checking the boat and the equipment before the trip.

“The reason why many people need help on the first trip of the year is usually engine shutdown due to lack of maintenance or water penetrating hull holes that have not been properly closed or maintained after winter storage,” a press release noted.

Cold in the water

Lind further warned that, despite fine weather in large parts of the country, it can still be very cold in the water.

“Even though it is spring in the air, it is still winter in the water. If you fall into water that is 15 degrees or colder, you may experience a cold shock. 

“It is therefore important to take good precautions, have the right clothes for the season, a life jacket, and to refresh navigation skills,” she said.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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