Thanet RNLI Community Safety

Six things to do at the East Kent coast

OUR TOP SIX THINGS TO DO THIS AUTUMN IN EAST KENT

Autumn time at the East Kent coast is such a wonderous time to visit, what with the lovely Turner skies, dramatic sea conditions and fabulous scenery.  Enjoy the deserted beaches, avoid the queues and congestion usually associated with the Summer months allowing you to wonder around the harbours and towns with ease.

Our team have come up with their top 6 things to do in East Kent during the autumnal months…

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1. Visit the Beach – No trip to East Kent is complete without a trip to the beach. East Kent has so many lovely sandy beaches to choose from sixteen in fact!  Even if the tide is in Margate Main Sands is a great beach to visit being only a few minutes from the Old Town where there is plenty to keep you occupied.  Viking Bay, Broadstairs still has that quintessential British seaside town feel, whilst Ramsgate beach is a short walk from the picturesque harbour.

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2.  Sample the fine food – Thanet has a plentiful array of restaurants and eateries to suit every taste and budget. Whether it’s something convenient overlooking the harbours of Broadstairs, Margate or Ramsgate, a venue tucked away up a side street or off the main drag.  There is definitely something for everyone and one of our teams favourite’s is Bachelor’s Patissere on Northdown Road who are a big supporter of the RNLI and emergency services.

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3.  Walk the Thanet coastal trial – the Thanet coastal trial starting at Reculver and finishing at Pegwell Bay is a fabulous walking route which makes it way across sandy beaches, sweeping bay and chalk cliff’s. More information on Thanet Coastal Trial

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4.  Visit a Lifeboat Station Shop – each lifeboat station has it’s very own souvenir shop helping to raise much needed funds enabling the RNLI to maintain it’s lfesaving work. Margate RNLI station’s shop is attached to their station Tel 01843-221-613, whilst Ramsgate’s is situated in The Custom House, Harbour Parade Tel 01843-598-754 (what3words ///skills.pets.dices) Particularly, during the winter month’s it is advisable to phone inadvance to check the opening times as they can vary.

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5.  Cycling – If you want to explore the great coastal paths and grab some exercise at the same time, why not get on your bike for that unforgettable experience.  The 32 mile (51.4 km) coastal trial can be broken up with pit stops at the numerous eateries, cafes and restaurants dotted across the coast.

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Dreamland at night – photo credit : Visit Thanet

6.  Discover some top family atttractions – Whether your bringing your children or just fancy a day out Thanet has got some top attractions that are open all year round.  Dreamland is an amusement park and entertainment centre based on a traditional English seaside funfair.  The newly opened Margate caves is also a very worthwhile place to visit, originally dug as a chalk mine in the 18th century.

 

Other useful links

How do I prevent being cut-off by the tide?

Do you know how to check the tide times?

Coastal walking is such a fabulous hobby – know how to stay safe

Visit Thanet – tourist information

Ramsgate RNLI

Margate RNLI

 

Acknowledgements

RNLI

HM Coastguard

Visit Thanet

Check Out The Thanet RNLI Community Safety Blog

The Thanet RNLI Community Safety Blog is the place where we post the latest news about all community events and activities and also share our thoughts and safety advice.

You can visit our blog by clicking on :

Visit and bookmark https://thanetrnlicommunitysafety.org.uk and connect with us on social media (Facebook, TwitterLinkedIn and Instagram) to stay up to date with all our community safety news.  
As a region, the Thanet RNLI Community Safety team are incredibly proactive, and there are regular updates. 
And if you want to get involved with our community initiatives, or provide some local support in any way possible, you can contact Andy Mills (Community Safety Officer) on  andrew_mills@rnli.org.uk

 

Community Safety Team working in collaboration with Coastguard Rescue Team

Recently our team met with members of the Margate Coastguard Rescue Team to swop educational drowning prevention and water safety material ahead of the season.  This is hugely beneficial so that both teams can share safety messages via an assortment of different innovative material.  The Coastguard team can be called out to a wide range of incidents where sometimes they may have the opportunity to impart safety information which could help advise someone to change their behaviour eg wear a fully serviced lifejacket when they venture out on the water or check the tide times before venturing out to the coast. So, having a selection of material to hand out is useful.

Selection of RNLI and Coastguard water safety material

Keep an eye out for this free material when we are holding our community safety stands at public events.

More useful HM Coastguard beach safety information can be found here

How to call the Coastguard in the event of a coastal emergency

RNLI Beach Safety advice

 

Speedboat hits seawall!

On Thursday 12th July, at around 2.25pm HM Coastguard was alerted to an incident whereby two men had been thrown from a speedboat which then continued and hit the seawall at Minnis Bay, Margate. RNLI Lifeguards, Margate Inshore Lifeboat, Coastguard Rescue Team and Kent Police were called to the scene.  Lifeguards rescued two men from the water who had been wearing lifejackets, but not a killcord.

Above: Kill cord switch in action – there are numerous ones on the market
Tony Evans, HM Coastguard Maritime Operations Specialist said:  ‘These two men have had a very lucky escape.  Although they were wearing lifejackets, it would appear that they had a kill cord on the engine but neither of them were wearing it.  With a busy beach nearby, the circumstances could have been very different, or indeed tragic, if the vessel had not crashed into the wall.’
What is a killcord?
As the name suggests, is designed to kill your engine in the event of you going overboard. All owners and drivers of open powerboats, personal watercraft and RIBs should ensure that if their boat is fitted with a kill switch and kill cord, it is correctly used. On a powerboat the kill cord should be attached securely around the thigh and on a personal watercraft it should be attached to the buoyancy aid.
→Attach your kill cord before the engine is started, but certainly before the boat is put in gear where safe to do so. Stop the engine before transferring the kill cord to another driver.
→Always check your kill cord works at the start of each day or session and remember to replace it when there are signs of ageing, or wear and tear or it starts to lose spiral tension. When replacing kill cords, buy the manufacturers genuine replacement kill cords.
→Do not leave kill cords out in the elements. Extremes of temperature and UV light will harm the kill cord in the long term.
More helpful advice on how to stay safe whilst at the coast
HM Coastguard blog on the Margate speedboat incident
Acknowledgements to HM Coastguard and the RYA for the use of photo’s and technical advice.
Check tide times, warns RNLI after calls to help dozens in just three days!
Tide Cut Off

I hope you are enjoying this long spell of hot weather! It’s been lovely being able to sit outside and enjoy abit of al fresco dining for a change. Thinking back to the horrible winter we had to endure, we certainly deserve it!. The hot weather is certainly attracting lots of visitors to the coast, to soak up the sun,  enjoy the beach and get involved in some great water based activities. Unfortunately, last weekend our lifeboat crews, lifeguards and Coastguard teams were kept busy with two calls to people being cut off by the tide at Stone Bay and Botany Bay.

Ramsgate’s Atlantic 85 Inshore Lifeboat

Our advice is to check the tide times before you head out for your trip to the coast, to ensure that you stay safe. If you are at a lifeguarded beach, then why not go over and ask about the tide times and local safety information. It just may save someone’s life!

You can catch up on the RNLI Press Officers report detailing the incident where 50 people were cut-off by the tide at Botany Bay via this link.

Saturday also saw 8 people cut-off by the tide at Stone Bay. The Press Officers report can be found here.

Over half of the people we speak to don’t know who to call for a coastal emergency. Have a look at this video to remind you who to call. Calling the wrong emergency service will only add to the delay on starting a rescue or a search for a missing person or animal at sea. Make sure you call the Coastguard via ‘999’ everytime for any coastal emergency.

Find out more about staying safe at the coast by checking out these links:

Ramsgate RNLI website

Ramsgate RNLI Facebook page, daily tidal updates and stay up-to-date on their latest shouts

Float Not Swim safety tips

BBC Weather tide tables

Visit Thanet tidal information

Alternative tide times website

Coastguard Coastal Safety

UK Met Office tide times

Beach safety Information RNLI

 

 

 

 

 

 

Half-term fun & dogs!
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Lovely Thanet beaches

On Monday afternoon I ventured out into the beautiful half-term sunshine (did someone say sunshine?) onto Kingsgate and Botany Bay to deliver safety messages to dog walkers and other coastal users.  We are particularly lucky in Thanet to have a multitude of great beaches. This was particularly important as the seaside naturally sees an influx of visitors during half-term and that two people had been rescued a week previously by the Margate Inshore Lifeboat after being cut-off by the tide on Kinsgate Bay.

During the session I met with some great doggie’s, dog walkers and other coastal users; handing out free doggie treats and advice leaflets.  The key safety messages that I spoke about were: 1) check the weather and tide times before you head out; 2) take a means of calling for help with you; 3) don’t enter the water if you see someone or an animal in trouble, instead call the Coastguard via the ‘999’ emrgency system. 4) if you do enter the water unexpectedly, fight the urge to swim, ‘float not swim’. 5) cold water shock.

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An assortment of leaflets handed out to dog walkers and coastal users

From time-to-time we run dog walker & coastal user engagement events on Thanet beaches, if you see us out and about pop over and say hello.

For more information on RNLI safety advice check out their great website

Find out about Thanet’s great beaches and attractions by following Visit Thanet

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Doggie’s eagerly awaiting their free doggie treats