As weather forecast improves, HM Coastguard offers advice to keep safe by the sea  

As weather forecast improves, HM Coastguard offers advice to keep safe by the sea  

Beach-goers inspired to head to the coast by the forecast of brighter weather are being encouraged to remember some safety top tips to prevent their days out turning into trouble. 
An HM Coastguard officers keeps watch at Holyhead Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre

In areas of the UK where the clouds finally part, HM Coastguard is expecting the seaside to get busier and has urged visitors to have fun while being aware of the risks – and how to stay out of danger. 

Lawrence Ramsay, Commander at the Holyhead Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre in Wales, said: “As the weather improves people will naturally want to head to the beach and enjoy some time with their families.  

“It’s so easy to be caught out, however – by tides, mud and cliffs – so if you are heading to the coast this weekend, just keep in mind a few safety pointers to stop your day going wrong.” 

Lawrence gave his top tips for having a trouble-free trip to the beach: “If you have children, keep a close eye on them and never let them swim on their own. And if you can, choose a lifeguarded beach for some extra peace of mind. 

“Please remember not to take inflatables to the beach as they put you at a higher risk of being blown out to sea – it can happen much faster than you expect.  

“If you are paddleboarding or sea kayaking, wear a buoyancy aid and take a phone or radio with you in a waterproof container, just in case you need to call for help.  

“Finally, if you see someone in trouble in the water, please dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.” 

Read our safety advice for on the beach, coast, sea or onboard, or visit the National Water Safety Forum Respect the Water campaign site


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