Thanet RNLI Community Safety

Out for a coastal or beach walk during half-term? Learn how to Be Coast Safe

The Isle of Thanet coast has some of the most beautiful beaches and coastline in the UK which draws visitors at all times of the year (nineteen miles of coastline in fact).  Exploring the coastline on foot is an excellent way of enjoying valuable time with family and friends, whilst grabbing fresh air, exercise and at the same time relaxing.  Holiday times are great occasions to get out and enjoy the coast.

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It’s Walk Your Dog Month 2020!

Incase you weren’t aware January is Walk Your Dog Month and what better way to kick start your New Years Resolutions by getting out in the great outdoors and walking off some of that festive food and drink?

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Two of our team, Ian and Neil pictured with lovely dog walkers during one of our Coastal Dog Safety sessions in 2019

With obvious health benefits for both you and your dog(s), this awareness month is a great way to help dust off the January blues, get out and about, meet other dog walkers and improve your own and your dogs well being.

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There is nothing better than going out for a walk along the coast with your doggie, however, lifeboat crews and Coastguard Rescue Teams are regularly called out to dogs and their owners who have got into difficulty at the coast. Here are some tips to help you have an enjoyable, but safe time :

  1.  Always carry a means of ‘calling for help’ such as a fully charged mobile phone in a waterproof case and have it within easy reach

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     2.  Let someone know what your route will be and the latest time you will return. Why not use the  SafeTrx app or download What3Words app?

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3. Check the weather and tides before you venture out using either local tide tables or a smart device ap

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4. Heed local warning information advice

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5.  Be aware of your surroundings at all times, it is very easy to be distracted

 

 

6.  Keep your dog on a lead if you are going to be on cliff paths or close to the sea. Cliff edges are dangerous and should be avoided at all costs

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7.  If your dog gets into difficulty in the water or falls down a cliff call ‘999’ and ask for the Coastguard, don’t try and attempt a rescue yourself. The Coastguard can mobilise specialist search and rescue teams.

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We hope you have a great time walking your dog(s) along the coast!  Keep a look out on our social media channels as we run Coastal Dog Safety Stands from time to time around the Thanet coastline often giving out free doggie treats!

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Dog Walkers Enjoy Learning How To Keep Their Doggie’s Safe Whilst At The Coast

Our team really enjoyed sharing key coastal safety messages, handing out free tennis balls and doggie treats to awesome dog 🐕owners/doggie’s, and beach walkers at their awesome pop-up Safety Stand at Dumpton Gap on Sunday 24th February. Thank you to everyone who popped along to say hello and we hoped you enjoyed your walks. The key messages we shared included:

➡️ If your doggie goes for an extended swim in the sea or falls down a cliff in their attempt to chase a sea gull, please don‘t go enter the water/climb down the cliff to save them. ☎️Call ‘999’ ask for the Coastguard straight away. The 🚨Coastguard🚨 are experts in cliff, water and mud rescue
➡️ Tell someone your plans e.g. what is the latest time you will arrive home
➡️ Check the tide times before you venture out via the ‘Tides near Me App’
➡️ Wear the right clothing for the trip
➡️ Carry a means of ‘calling for help’ e.g. fully charged mobile phone
➡️ Be aware of your surroundings at all times
➡️ Read local warning signs ⚠️e.g. tidal cut-off and cliff rock-falls

Half the people that accidentally drown never intended on entering the water!
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Doggie’s enjoying the lovely beach – but would you enter the water if your dog got into difficulty?

Statistics reveal that half of people who accidentally drown in the UK never intended to enter the water. It is a fact that they were running, walking, fishing or cycling near water that put them at risk of drowning. So, Day Two of the National Fire Chief’s National Drowning Prevention Week focuses on those everyday activities that we all enjoy going out for a walk, run, cycle or angling. In 2017, 255 people died after slipping, tripping, falling or simply underestimating the risks associated with being near water. If you do end up in the water always float to live.

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The HM Coastguard, RNLI and UK Fire Service’s attend calls each year to people that have entered the water in an attempt to rescue their dog either at the coast or at inland waterways. Unfortunately, in some cases the owner enters the water and loses their life and the dog self-rescues. Advice from the HM Coastguard is not to enter the water if you are in any doubt that your dog is in difficulty, but to dial ‘999’ ask for the Coastguard. If you are inland call ‘999’ and ask for the Fire Service.
Exciting new initiative with mobile Vet in East Kent!

 

The Vet 2U team delivering key safety messages

On Tuesday (27th March) we made a really exciting announcement that we are now working in partnership with a local Thanet mobile vet, Vet 2U. We have teamed up with Vet 2U, so that they can help us spread the key safety message amongst their clients and community about not entering the water if a doggie can’t get out or gets into difficulty, to call ‘999; and ask for the Coastguard.  The full article can be found on the RNLI website.

This initiative with Vet 2U is a fantastic example of helping to spread our safety messages by using local trusted businesses and organisations. More information on how to stay safe at the coast with your doggie can be found on the RNLI website. I’ve published a previous blog on dog safety whilst at the coast, which can be found by following this link. Keep a look out for our on-going dog owner/walker engagement beach sessions when we give out fabulous free yummy doggie treats and fab tennis balls.

Have a good, safe Bank Holiday and enjoy your Easter eggs!