Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, along with
partner agencies, is due to host the second Breakwater event at Tenby Harbour
on the 11th May 2018.
Breakwater is a multi-agency event designed to show young
people how to enjoy the greatest asset available to them, the sea. Year 7
pupils from Greenhill School will take part in workshops at Tenby Harbour to
learn about the dangers associated with swimming in the sea and the hazards of
jumping from height into the water.
This initiative is the result of collaboration between
agencies who work in the Harbour area and have experience of what can go wrong
when individuals get into difficulty in and around the Harbour. The event will
focus on reducing inappropriate and careless actions, such as jumping from the
busy harbour, and the implications of such behaviour to harbour users and
residents. The influence of peer pressure will also be discussed as pupils will
be shown how to avoid getting pressured into dangerous situations, in and
around the sea.
Breakwater is led by Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue
Service and supported by the RNLI, Dyfed Powys Police, Pembrokeshire Youth
Service, Tenby Sailing Club, Tenby Harbourmaster and representatives of the
Breakwater was launched in 2017 as a response to dangerous
behaviours in and around the Tenby Harbour area. Young people were invited to
take part to learn and understand how to enjoy the water safely whilst
developing links with the Harbour community. The aim is to reduce a developing
trend of people jumping into the harbour, improve awareness of its dangers and
show how to assess the risk of jumping into the sea.
This year’s programme has been expanded to all year 7 pupils
at Greenhill School with the focus on preventing accidents in the water and
promoting understanding between the different groups who all want to enjoy the
best feature that Tenby has to offer.