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Personal narratives of serious incidents at sea and on the coast

RNLI
Researchers: Caroline Turley
Published: August 2018

This qualitative research explores the experiences of people who have witnessed a water-related fatality or survived a serious incident.

Aims 

One of the key aims of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is to markedly reduce accidental coastal fatalities and serious incidents in the UK and Republic of Ireland by 2024. 

The RNLI commissioned us to carry out qualitative research with people who had witnessed a water-related fatality or survived a serious incident to help them understand more about these incidents and to inform their safety and prevention campaigns.

You can download the full report (including the executive summary) here

Methods

We carried out qualitative in-depth interviews with 20 people who had witnessed a water-related fatality or survived a serious incident. Participants had been participating in a range of activities including walking, swimming, diving, boating and kayaking. The interviews covered the circumstances leading up to the incident, the experience of the incident itself and the impact it had on the individual and the wider community. 

Questions?

If you would like more information about the research please contact the RNLI at ORU@rnli.org.uk or email the NatCen research team at RNLIresearch@natcen.ac.uk