Divers warned not to drink the night before going underwater

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Scuba diving: People are being warned not to drink before going underwater.Elaine

Divers are being warned not to drink too much the night before going into the water.

Police and coastguard in the Scottish Borders are running a campaign over the summer to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking before going scuba diving.

They will target local dive boats, centres, pubs and restaurants and hand out leaflets highlighting the dangers.

PC Richard Toward said: "Many of those who come to the area are highly experienced and well-equipped for what can be a dangerous sport. One issue, however, is that some divers drink the night before they dive, and this can contribute to increasing the risks to divers.

"The waters around Eyemouth attract divers from all down the east coast of Scotland and the north-east of England and our message to them is to drink responsibly and dive safely.

“The campaign will continue with engagement with divers at local shore diving sites to groups of divers who may visit the area and our overall aim is to reduce the number of times the emergency services and NHS have to respond to divers needing assistance.

"Community officers from the East Community Policing Area will be visiting tourist accommodation, harbours and dive centres to raise awareness to visiting divers.”

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