This blog will highlight the importance of checking the tides before you embark on a lovely walk along the coastline. So, over the Bank Holiday weekend our lifeboat crews in South-East Kent dealt with two incidents of persons getting cut-off by the tide at Dumpton Gap, close to Broadstairs.
The first incident took place on Sunday 1st April, when a lady and her two daughters were cut-off by the tide at around 11:23am and rescued by the crew of Ramsgate’s Inshore lifeboat (ILB) with Margate’s ILB who were on exercise at the time, who stood-by for support. The full report can be found via Ramsgate RNLI’s Facebook page. The second incident took place at 12:01pm on Monday 2nd April, when Ramsgate’s ILB was launched to a report of a lady and a dog cut off by the tide. Arriving on scene, the lifeboat crew were informed via the Coastguard that the lady and her dog had managed to get ashore and were safe and well. The lady, a local person, also a strong swimmer reported that she had never seen the tide come in as fast before. Both incidents could have turned out much worse, we want everyone to enjoy their trip to the coast. Please share the important safety messages we have discussed in this blog and follow the top tips below:
Our top 5 tips on how to stay safe at the coast
Our Top 5 web links on how to stay safe whilst at the coast
Ramsgate tides can be found here.
Tide times twitter feeds
More information on staying safe whilst at the coast via the RNLI website
UK Coastguard safety information website
UK Tides – mobile phone ap via UK Play for Android