How Do I Prevent Being Cut-Off By The Tide?
Getting cut-off by the tide is pretty easy to do unless you take some sensible precautions and plan ahead before you set off. All around the UK and Ireland there are areas that get cut-off by the tide very easily. Each year Ramsgate and Margate lifeboat crews are called to rescue people cut-off by the tide majority of the time around the Botany Bay, Kingsgate Bay, Stone Bay and Dumpton Gap areas.
Over half of the people we speak to when out and about don’t know to call ‘999’ or ‘112’ and ask for the Coastguard in any coastal emergency.
Here are our top 10 tips to help you from being cut-off from the tide
- Always check the tide times before venturing out via ‘tides near me’ or the BBC Weather page
- Tell someone where you are going and when you will be back
- Carry a means of calling for help such as a fully charged mobile phone or VHF radio
- Consider downloading the free RYA ap called SafeTrx that helps let people know your route
- Wear the right clothing and equipment for the activity
- Check and be mindful of local hazard warning signs
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times, eg when the tide is due in and dangerous cliff edges
- If you see or hear someone or an animal in danger at the coast dial ‘999’ or ‘112’ straight away and ask for the Coastguard giving an accurate location
- Do not enter the water if you get cut-off by the tide
- If you do end up in the water unexpectedly, float on your back rather than panicking
More useful links
Where Can I Find The Nearest Lifeguard Beach
- Royal Lifesaving Society – Beach Safety
Why inflatables are not for use at the Beach – Thanet RNLI Community Safety Team