Friday, April 16, 2021

Beach safety reminder as people cut off by the tide in Saltfleet

RNLI Mablethorpe has issued a timely beach safety reminder after two people were cut off by the side in Saltfleet.

On Monday 29 March, crew from RNLI Mablethorpe were paged to assist HM Coastguard Mablethorpe and Donna  Nook to a report that two people were cut off by the tide at Saltfleet.

Both inshore lifeboats were launched and the crew was able to speak to one of the gentlemen involved.

He said they was not in danger and were waiting for the tide to go back out before making their way back to shore. Safety messages were given and the rescue teams were stood down.

As COVID restrictions are being gradually eased in England more people are expected to visit the coast to exercise.

The charity is continuing to urge anyone planning to visit the coast to make sure they keep themselves and their families safe by following beach safety advice.  Anyone planning a visit to the coast should remember to:

  • Have a plan – check the weather forecast, tide times and read local hazard signage
  • Keep a close eye on your family – on the beach and in the water
  • Don’t allow your family to swim alone
  • Don’t use inflatables
  • If you fall into the water unexpectedly, FLOAT TO LIVE. Fight your instinct to thrash around, lean back, extend your arms and legs, and Float
  • In an emergency dial 999, and ask for the coastguard.

RNLI lifeguards are also getting prepared for a summer of ‘staycations’ and the RNLI has been working with partners behind the scenes through the challenges of lockdown to recruit, train and prepare its lifeguards tor what is expected to be a busy summer on UK beaches.  The charity will deliver its usual lifeguard service across Lincolnshire this year in its standard phased approach.

The first set of beaches will go on service at the start of May, with the number of beaches increasing through the season until the peak school summer holidays.  Lifeguards will return to the beaches at Mablethorpe and Skegness on 29 May and are expected to return to Sutton on Sea and Ingoldmells on 3 July.

Nick Ayres, Regional Water Safety Lead, said: “Coastal areas provide a great opportunity to enjoy fresh air and open space but it is important to remember they can be unpredictable and dangerous environments.”

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