Thanet RNLI Community Safety

Thanet RNLI Community Safety Team Help Prevent Four People From Being Cut-Off By The Tide At Dumpton Gap

Members of the Thanet RNLI Community Safety Team deployed to Dumpton Gap on Sunday (12th January 2020) to chat to dog walkers and beach users about coastal safety as part of their proactive Incident Prevention Engagement (IPE) tactic.

Dumpton Gap is one of the ‘risk’ areas around the Thanet coastline for tidal cut-off’s due to the rapid rate in which the tide can come in and the headland geography. Ramsgate Lifeboat crew are called out from time to time to people cut-off by the tide in this area.

As the team were enjoying chatting to beach visitors at Dumpton Gap they became aware of four people who were embarking on a walk around the headland towards Ramsgate.  With an incoming high tide, a strong wind and rough sea state the people were rapidly approached by team members and advised them against walking this route and to take a safe one along the cliff top.  All four people heeded the advice and took the alternative route to Ramsgate.  Andy Mills – Thanet RNLI Community Safety Officer said “it was a significantly high tide on Sunday morning at Dumpton Gap. Fortunately these beach visitors took on board our advice. We would urge everyone to check the weather and tides before heading out for a coastal walk and to carry a fully charged ‘calling for help’ device such as a mobile phone”.

We would like to thank all the dog walkers, runners and beach visitors who stopped by to chat and learn how to have an enjoyable, but safe time at the coast.

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If you hear or see an animal or person in difficulty in the water call ‘999’ and ask for the Coastguard straight away every second counts!

Other useful links

Do you know how to check the tide times?

How to have a fabulous, but safe time at the coast with your dog

Ramsgate RNLI Station

Acknowledgements

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HM Coastguard

Know who to call!

I can’t believe we are coming to the end of November already! We have been blessed with some really good weather recently and not too much rain. This month’s blog is all about knowing who to call in a coastal emergency.  Surprisingly, over half the people we talk to when we are out and about at community events, on beaches and coastal areas do not know that in the event of seeing or hearing an animal or a person in difficulty in the water that they should dial ‘999’ they should ask for the Coastguard straight away. Many people opt to call the Police or Fire Service which wastes several vital  minutes.

Coastguard Rescue Team Vehicles

The Coastguard have Operations Centre’s (CGOC’s) dotted across the UK, at Aberdeen, Belfast, Dover,  Falmouth, Holyhead, Humber, London, Milford Haven, Shetland, Stornaway and the National Maritime Operations Centre at Fareham. Each is staffed 24/7 and answers ‘999’ calls from members of the public and Mayday distress calls via radio. In the event of an emergency at the coast, they will co-ordinate the tasking of search and rescue assets eg RNLI boats, independent lifeboats, Coastguard Rescue teams who are trained in mud  and cliff rescue, advanced first aid, advanced missing person search techniques; and of course search and rescue helicopters.

Thanet RNLI Community Safety Team’s recent visit to Dover CGOC

Lifeboats and Coastguard are regularly called out to dogs who have either ventured or fallen down a cliff; or gone for an extended swim (often the owner may have also been cut-off by the tide).  If this should happen then the Coastguard should be called without delay via ‘999’ who will then task the lifeboat or Coastguard rescue team. Our Team enjoyed a recent visit to the Dover CGOC where we learned alot about how the Coastguard operates. Remember don’t delay if you think anyone or an animal is in trouble in the water call ‘999’ and ask for the Coastguard.

Other useful references:

Maritime and Coastguard Agency Terms of Reference

Search and Rescue Information

Keeping Safe At The Coast – Don’t Drink and Drown

Coastal Safety