With people flocking to the coast when the temperatures increase and weather improves the number of people being rescued from a wide range of inflatables increases such as unicorns, flamingo’s and inflatable boats. Inflatables are not simply designed for the beach and it is easy to find yourself quickly swept out to sea.
The recent rescue of 5 year old girls at Minehead who had been swept one mile off shore
If you do choose to use an inflatable, the RNLI would like to remind people that:
They are only used near to the shore and between the red and yellow flags on a lifeguarded beach
Children are safely supervised at all times
Never take inflatables out in big waves
Never use them when the orange windsock is flying as this indicates an offshore wind which will blow the inflatables out to sea
Whenever you take to the sea the RNLI recommends that you and your children wear a suitable lifejacket or buoyancy aid. This will provide the necessary floatation should the inflatable suffer a puncture or similar.
One station in Hampshire in the Summer 2018 had to be called out to rescue four people from inflatables in trouble in just one day.
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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