Living on an Island means that taking part in marine activity is a way of life for most of the community on St Helena, whether it be for recreation, livelihood, or to promote the Island’s marine offerings.

With this in mind, it is essential that any activity on or around the Island, including within the maritime environment, is carried out in the safest possible manner to reduce risk and protect life.

Sea Rescue Manager, Simon Wade, said:

“As we approach the Easter period, plans are being made for walks, camps, and that traditional Maundy Thursday fishing trip. While Easter is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy everything that St Helena has to offer, we must also remember to think about the dangers we might face and risks we may take when we set out on these Island adventures.”

The St Helena Sea Rescue Service would like to ensure that everyone knows the best ways to keep safe this Easter and, over the coming weeks, will be running a Safety Awareness Campaign to raise public awareness of the safety aspects of participating in various recreational activities in and around the Island.

The campaign hopes to ensure that the public are aware of the best ways to maximise safety while carrying out three of the Island’s favourite outdoor hobbies:

  • Coastal Walking & Hiking
  • Rock Fishing
  • Boat Fishing

Simon added:

“We hope that, through the campaign, the public will become more aware of risks and certain dangers that may exist, and will gain knowledge of the essential equipment and necessities that should be considered when engaging in these activities.

“I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to our community to consider their personal safety and responsibilities when participating in coastal walking & hiking, rock fishing and boat fishing activities.”

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26 March 2019

St Helena Government Communications Hub

Telephone: 22470