There is nothing better than enjoying a lovely walk with your dog at the coast taking in sea air, grabbing some exercise and enjoying time with your friends and family. However, lifeboat crews and Coastguard Rescue Teams (CRT) are frequently called out to rescue dogs that have entered the water for one reason or another or fallen over the edge of a cliff. Sometimes their owners will enter the water to try and rescue them too. In 2019 RNLI crews were launched 157 times to incidents involving dogs.
Tidal cut off is a significant cause of call outs for RNLI lifeboats and also to Coastguard Rescue Teams throughout the year. People are often unaware that they are in potential danger and are ill prepared.
Our Community Safety Team held a mobile stand at Dumpton Gap, near Broadstairs on March 1st aimed at giving safety advice to dog walkers. Weather for the event marked a complete turnaround to previous weekends where the country had faced several major storms. So a combination of a beautiful sunny morning and lower winds that many dog walkers took advantage of the conditions and the stunning coastline that Thanet has to offer.
Our stand was carried out by Thanet RNLI Community Safety Advisers, John Homer and Ian Lockyer. They had good in-depth conversations with just over 300 people, mainly concentrating on dog walkers. This number also included walkers and runners. Advice included what to do if an owner was cut off from their dog along the coast as well as advice on local tidal cut off points.
One of the things that the team noticed was that nearly all the local dog walkers were aware of the local cut off points and also used tidal apps and almanacs.
Every member of the public that the team spoke to were very positive about the advice given and favourable to everything the RNLI does. Even the stand proved popular with the dogs with several marking their territory on the panels.
Overall a fantastic, positive morning with some good advice given.
The drier weather made a very welcome return on Sunday (20th October) helping to swell visitors to Thanet’s beaches. Our Community Safety team took advantage of the increase in coastal visitors by visiting Dumpton Gap and Ramsgate beaches to help share the coastal safety messages to dog walkers.
As well as reminding and refreshing dog wallkers about not to enter the water if their doggie goes for an extended swim or gets stuck in a perilious position on a cliff, the team spoke about:
carrying a calling for help device such as as fully charged mobile phone
checking the tides and weather before setting off on coastal walk
if going out on your own letting someone know where you are going and what time you will return
being aware of your surroundings at all times
take notice and heed local hazard warning signs
know to call the Coastguard if they hear or see an animal or person who they think maybe in difficulty in the water or at the coast
Our team would like to thank everyone for their time in stopping to chat and we hope you all enjoyed the rest of your walks! Also a big thank you to the RNLI HQ Poole team for delivering and supplying the new Dog Safety signs which went down really well on the beach!
⚡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
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
Our Drowning Prevention Week stand all set up at Viking Bay, Broadstairs
Viking Bay, Broadstairs was the location of our Drowning Prevention week Pop-Up stand on Saturday (15th June). The Drowning Prevention week was created by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) which aims to reduce the number of drowning and near drowning incidents that occur in the UK every year, by showing people how to be safe and have fun near water. The campaign encourages schools, clubs, leisure centres and communities, to promote water safety education through events, lessons, games and activities, in a bid to make people more aware of the dangers of water.
Viking Bay, Broadstairs – one of Thanet’s lovely beaches which affords lifeguard cover during the Summer
This blog highlight’s the importance of checking the tides before you embark on a lovely walk along the coastline. East Kent Lifeboat crews are regularly called out to persons getting cut-off by the tide at Dumpton Gap, close to Broadstairs.
Everyone enjoy’s a walk along the coast, taking in the sea air and spending time with their friends and loved one’s. Here are just two examples of how lifeboat crews were called to people who were cut-off by the tide: a lady and her two daughters were cut-off by the tide and rescued by the crew of Ramsgate’s Inshore lifeboat (ILB) with Margate’s ILB who were on exercise at the time, who stood-by for support. The full report can be found via Ramsgate RNLI’s Facebook page. The second incident took place when Ramsgate’s ILB was launched to a report of a lady and a dog cut off by the tide. Arriving on scene, the lifeboat crew were informed via the Coastguard that the lady and her dog had managed to get ashore and were safe and well. The lady, a local person, also reportedly a strong swimmer reported that she had never seen the tide come in as fast before. Both incidents could have turned out much worse, we want everyone to enjoy their trip to the coast. Please share the important safety messages we have discussed in this blog and follow the top tips below:
Our top 5 tips on how to stay safe at the coast
Our Top 5 web links on how to stay safe whilst at the coast
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