After two Lifeboat calls to tidal cut-off’s in and around the Kingsgate Bay area in the past seven days our team deployed their Incident Prevention Engagement (IPE) tactic on Sunday 12th May to the area. This is a proven method of refreshing and reminding members of the public about tides, coastal safety and who to call in the event of a coastal emergency. We enjoyed speaking with a range of people from the local area and also those visiting. Some of those people we chatted with had checked the tide times before venturing out, had downloaded a tide app to their mobile smart device and knew to call the HM Coastguard in an emergency.
Chatting to Botany Bay kiosk owner Ross about our water safety work
Here are our top tips we chatted about on Sunday so that you can stay safe and have a great time whilst at the coast:
1. Carry a means of calling for help eg fully charged mobile phone
2. Check the tide times via the Tides Near Me App (available for Apple and Android devices)
3. Tell someone the latest time you will be returning and your route
4. Wear the right kit for the activity
5. Be aware of your surroundings at all times and heed local warning signage
6. If you are in any doubt whether an animal or person is in difficulty in the water dial ‘999’ or ‘112’ ask for the Coastguard without delay every second counts
7. If you do unexpectedly end up in the water float on your back and resist the temptation to thrash around. More expert advice check out ‘float to live’.
Many dog owners use the beautiful local bays to enjoy walks. It is important to share our key safety messages amongts this group of not to enter the water if their doggie goes for an extended paddle