The charity is warning people against taking to the water after drinking

Life saving charity RNLI is warning people against

taking to the water after drinking as a sailor appears in court over

reckless actions.

Liam Balneaves admitted a charge of causing

danger to himself and lifeboat staff when he appeared at Forfar Sheriff Court

recently.

The 26-year-old had to be rescued on July

31 last year when he became stranded after taking a fishing boat from Montrose Harbour

while intoxicated.

Scotland RNLI’s community incident

reduction manager Michael Avril said: “We all know that consumption of alcohol

can quickly impair judgment and cause us to make irrational decisions.

“It can also result in accelerated loss of body

heat if you become immersed in water. We would advise anyone going near the

water to steer clear of alcohol.”

Co-accused 38-year-old Paul Ross entered a

not guilty plea on the same charge.

Sheriff Pino Di Emidio deferred sentencing

until September 11, requesting a social worker report.

Both men have pledged to donate £300 to the

RNLI following the incident.

The case comes shortly after the charity

launched a campaign called ‘Respect the Water’, warning people against the

dangers that the sea poses.

An RNLI spokesperson said: “Our volunteers

are willing and able to go to the aid of those in trouble at sea 24/7, but the

most effective method of life-saving we have is prevention.

“We would prefer people to use good

judgment, follow advice and avoid getting themselves into an unnecessarily

dangerous situation.”  

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