With people flocking to the coast when the temperatures increase and weather improves the number of people being rescued from a wide range of inflatables increases such as unicorns, flamingo’s and inflatable boats. Inflatables are not simply designed for the beach and it is easy to find yourself quickly swept out to sea.
The recent rescue of 5 year old girls at Minehead who had been swept one mile off shore
If you do choose to use an inflatable, the RNLI would like to remind people that:
- They are only used near to the shore and between the red and yellow flags on a lifeguarded beach
- Children are safely supervised at all times
- Never take inflatables out in big waves
- Never use them when the orange windsock is flying as this indicates an offshore wind which will blow the inflatables out to sea
- Whenever you take to the sea the RNLI recommends that you and your children wear a suitable lifejacket or buoyancy aid. This will provide the necessary floatation should the inflatable suffer a puncture or similar.
One station in Hampshire in the Summer 2018 had to be called out to rescue four people from inflatables in trouble in just one day.
HM Coastguard inflatable safety advice
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