RNLI urges public visiting local beaches to stay safe this Bank Holiday

Lifeguards in training on beach. Picture: Nigel Millard
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With sunny and warm weather predicted this weekend, The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) are reminding people to stay safe when in and around the water.

With temperatures predicted to reach 25 degrees, our local beaches are expected to be busy.

Following several serious incidents on UK beaches this summer, the RNLI are reminding everyone to check tidal times, to choose a lifeguarded beach and avoid using inflatables in the sea. This is especially important for those less familiar with the beach environment so make sure you read local signage and follow any advice given.

Lifeguard at West Kirby beach

Wayne Wardle, Lifeguard Supervisor for the Wirral, said: “Conditions at sea can vary hugely throughout the day so it’s important not to overestimate your own abilities in the water.

“The tides can come in and out very quickly and rip currents often develop rapidly, pulling people out to sea without warning.

“If you are ever unsure of anything, or would like some safety advice, just ask the lifeguards as they are there to help. We want the public to enjoy their time at the coast, which is why we advise them to be safe and to Respect The Water.”

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West Kirby beach

If you ever fall into the water unexpectedly or begin to struggle, our advice is to Float to Live. The natural reaction is to thrash around and attempt to swim but this can increase the chances of you breathing in water. Your safest option is to FLOAT on your back to keep your airway clear and get your breathing under control. This will allow you to call for help of plan your next move to safety.

If you do see someone in trouble in the water, call 999 or 112 immediately and ask for the Coastguard. Do not enter the water to try and save them as you will put yourself at risk. If possible, try to find something that floats and throw it towards them or tell them to FLOAT on their back until help arrives.

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