RNLI rescue two from inflatable mattress - no lifejackets, couldn't swim

Salcombe RNLI rescued two men from an inflatable mattress on Saturday evening, neither were wearing lifejackets and one couldn't swim. 
The inflatable mattress and the oars the two men were using - credit Salcombe RNLI

The crew received a call from the Coastguard just after 8.45pm on Saturday evening, the two men had called 999 from an inflatable mattress. They were stranded and couldn't make it back to shore. 

A spokesperson for Salcombe RNLI said: "Upon arrival the crew found neither casualty had a life jacket and one was not proficient in swimming. Both casualties were taken back to Salcombe and the ILB returned to station."
the crew found neither casualty had a life jacket and one was not proficient in swimming
The RNLI is currently running its Respect the Water campaign, which aims to reduce the number of people drowned in UK waters. The website states: "Current drowning figures show a clear gender divide, with men accounting for the vast majority of those who die. So the campaign is primarily aimed at men, particularly those aged between 16 and 39 years, who are more likely to take risks."
the campaign is primarily aimed at men, particularly those aged between 16 and 39 years, who are more likely to take risks
Around 190 people lose their lives at the UK and Irish coasts each year, and over half never even planned to enter the water.

RNLI advice if you find yourself in trouble: 
1. If you find yourself unexpectedly in the water, float to increase your chances of survival. 
2. If you see someone else in trouble in the water, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.

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