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Date:- 18 June 2007

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AS part of a major accident prevention initiative, Coastguards are launching their Sea Smart summer safety campaign as thousands are set to flock to the beach this summer. Coastguards are predicting that a record number of people could get into difficulty around the coast this summer as 2007 is set to be the warmest year on record.

The Coastguards Sea Smart launch takes place at North Pier, Blackpool to mark the inaugural trip of the first Coastguard branded tram. It will be running along the seafront throughout the summer. Children from local Stannah Primary School in Fleetwood will be there for the trams first outing.

The Sea Smart campaign, aimed at children under the age of 14 and their parents, is highlighting that lives are being put at risk. According to the Coastguard Sea Smart Survey, over half of the general public (51%) dont know to dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard if they see someone in trouble in the sea.

According to the Chief Coastguard, Peter Dymond: Asking for the wrong emergency service causes a serious delay in assistance being provided. Its vital to remember if you see someone in difficulty, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

Last summer more people got into difficulty and needed help from the Coastguard (27,922 in 2006 compared to 27,267 in 2005). To cut the number of life-threatening incidents and prevent a family day-out turning into a tragedy, Coastguards recommend following their Sea Smart code when at the beach:-

Spot the dangers!

Always go with a friend

Find and read the safety signs


Stick your hand up and shout, tell a lifeguard or dial 999 for Coastguard

Liverpool Legends To Parade Champions League Trophy

DESPITE their 2-1 defeat, at the hands of AC Milan, Liverpool is set to parade the European Champions League trophy through the streets of Liverpool once again.  Stars from Liverpool’s European Cup winning sides of 1977, 1978, 1981 and 1984, together with the trophy from that amazing night in Istanbul in 2005, will board a Champions of Champions' bus to celebrate the clubs contribution to European football. 

The 5 time European Champions have teamed up with Stagecoach Merseyside to celebrate the success of the club in Europe’s most prestigious competition.  Their 5 stunning victories will be commemorated on a specially commissioned Stagecoach double Decker bus that has been wrapped to look exactly like an open topped vehicle.  Images of the greatest players in the clubs history will bring the bus to life in a series of portraits that will adorn the top of the vehicle making it look like the genuine article.

Tom Wileman, Regional Director of Stagecoach Merseyside said:- “Liverpool’s achievements in European football have been fantastic not only for the city, but for the whole region and we wanted to recognise and celebrate that. Liverpool FC’s success has not only put them on the European map but has also given them recognition globally. They’ve had many cultured sides over the years and it’s fitting, in the thirtieth anniversary year of their first European victory, that we celebrate them as the Cream of Europe.”

Les Wheatley, Finance Director of Liverpool FC said:- “We are delighted to be working with Stagecoach Merseyside in highlighting the remarkable success that Liverpool has had on the European stage. It is something that everyone associated with the club can be justifiably proud of.”

TheChampions of Championsbus will leave the Main Stand Car Park at Anfield, on Wednesday 20 June at 2.00pm. Former players who will be riding on board the bus include: Alan Kennedy, Phil Neal, David Fairclough, Chris Lawler, Ian St John, David Johnson, and Ian Callaghan.

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