On Monday afternoon I ventured out into the beautiful half-term sunshine (did someone say sunshine?) onto Kingsgate and Botany Bay to deliver safety messages to dog walkers and other coastal users. We are particularly lucky in Thanet to have a multitude of great beaches. This was particularly important as the seaside naturally sees an influx of visitors during half-term and that two people had been rescued a week previously by the Margate Inshore Lifeboat after being cut-off by the tide on Kinsgate Bay.
During the session I met with some great doggie’s, dog walkers and other coastal users; handing out free doggie treats and advice leaflets. The key safety messages that I spoke about were: 1) check the weather and tide times before you head out; 2) take a means of calling for help with you; 3) don’t enter the water if you see someone or an animal in trouble, instead call the Coastguard via the ‘999’ emrgency system. 4) if you do enter the water unexpectedly, fight the urge to swim, ‘float not swim’. 5) cold water shock.
From time-to-time we run dog walker & coastal user engagement events on Thanet beaches, if you see us out and about pop over and say hello.
For more information on RNLI safety advice check out their great website
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