Saturday morning saw our team visit the lovely Margate main sands to chat to visitors about beach and coastal safety. The weather was cloudy to start, but with hopes of an appearance of some sunshine the crowds still flocked to the beach. Several weeks ago two children went missing on this same beach. So one of the first tasks was to meet up with some of the coach parties and issue the children with wristbands carrying their parental/guardians contact telephone number. In the event of them going missing it would be easier to reunite the child with their parent. At the same time we also chatted about how to stay safe whilst on the beach which included:
1. Swim between the red and yellow flags
2. Talk to the lifeguard for up-to-date tidal information
3. Float on your back if you get into difficulty in the water
4. Children to be continuously supervised whilst in the water or at the shore line
5. Report to the lifeguard if you get separated from your parent/guardian
The second half of the day was spent ‘walking the pontoons’ at Ramsgate Harbour. This involves chatting to boat owners who are moored up and checking their lifejackets. Twelve jackets were checked and anumber were found to have out-of-date firing mechanisms.
A list of life jacket checks that you could undertake can be found on one of our earlier blogs. A thoroughly successful day helping to keep people safe whilst enjoying the coast.