The Christmas song that could help save your life

Coastguards from around the country, including in north Northumberland, are giving people the gift of safety this Christmas.

Members of Holy Island Coastguard Rescue Team are among those life-savers that have produced their very own video, inspired by the 12 Days of Christmas, with 12 top safety tips.

Holy Island Coastguard Rescue Team in the 12 Days of Christmas video.

Holy Island Coastguard Rescue Team in the 12 Days of Christmas video.

Last year, Coastguards dealt with 430 search-and-rescue incidents over the Christmas and New Year period (from December 21, 2012, to January 2, 2013).

Call-outs ranged from dogs over cliffs, people stuck in mud, walkers cut off by the tide and broken-down boats to Coastguard rescue officers supporting Christmas Day swims.

Richard Martin, Chief Coastguard, said: “Her Majesty’s Coastguard responds to calls every day of the year, sending out rescue teams in all weathers and often at unsocial hours. Christmas is no different.

“But this festive season, we created our very own version of 12 Days of Christmas to make sure people remember some of our key safety messages.

“These include checking the weather and tide times before setting out. The last thing you want to do on that Christmas Day morning stroll is to become cut off by the tide and miss out on lunch.

“If you’re taking the dogs out for a walk on Boxing Day, make sure they’re on a lead and try not to go too close to cliff edges as they could be slippery or crumbly.

“We’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a fun and safe Christmas.

“But remember, if you do get into difficulty at the coast, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”

To watch the Coastguards’ festive video, visit the Gazette website.

The Holy Island team makes its first appearance around the 1min 18secs mark, offering the advice, ‘Don’t drink and drown’, in place of ‘Two turtle doves’.

Four of the crew are pictured in front of one of their vehicles with Lindisfarne Castle in the background.