Stay safe if you’re visiting the coast this summer. The water might look inviting but if you’re not a strong swimmer please don’t go into the sea.
These tips are simple but may save your life:
- Don’t follow the tide out – it can come in quickly stay close to the shore and don’t get caught out. The water might look shallow but the tide can quickly change that.
- Be aware of sinking sands – if you do get trapped, spread your weight evenly across the surface
- Float to live, if you find yourself in difficulty in cold water, float until you’ve regained control of your breathing
- Call 999 and ask for the coastguard if you see someone in trouble – don’t put yourself at risk