Stay safe this summer when swimming in the sea on Lincolnshire’s coast

Photo: Trevor Bradford.
Photo: Trevor Bradford.

As we continue to enjoy temperatures in the high 20s and with the schools about to break up for summer, we are reminded to make sure you stay safe when visiting the beach or playing near open water.

Families will flock to the coast at this time of year to take advantage of the warm weather and a free day out on offer at any number of the district’s award-winning beaches.

And, on hot days, a dip in the sea may seem very inviting, but locals and visitors to the coast need to make sure they are aware of how to keep safe when swimming in the sea.

East Lindsey District Council’s portfolio holder for leisure and tourism (including beach safety), Coun Adam Grist said: “A trip to the beach provides the perfect free, family-friendly day out.

“Although there are lifeguards looking out for your safety on the main beaches, there are a lot of things you can do to ensure your own safety when playing near or in water.

“Making sure you are aware of the dangers and how to overcome them will ensure you have the best information available should you get into difficulties in the water.”

He added: “When on the beach it is important that you pay attention to the various brightly coloured flags and signs that you see.

“The safest place to swim is where you see a red and yellow flag. This means there is a lifeguard patrolling the beach. A black and white flag means there may be surf boards about so do not swim in this area.

“If there is no flag there is no lifeguard, and if you see a red flag this means danger - you must not swim in either of these places. And, for your own safety, never use inflatables in the sea.”

To help people stay safe this summer, the Council has launched its ‘Get Safe 4 Summer’ campaign aimed at educating children and adults in water safety.

It is essential to know what to do if you find yourself in a situation where you are in trouble in the water.

In this situation obey the three Rs;

* Relax – stay calm and float. Do not swim against the current, swim across it.

* Raise – raise an arm to signal for help. If possible, shout to attract attention.

* Rescue – float and wait for assistance. Do not panic - people drown because they panic.

Tips to make sure you and your family stay safe this summer;

* Always follow the advice from lifeguards if there are any on duty.

* Look out for information, warning signs and flags.

* Swim with a friend – never on your own.

* Keep an eye on your children near the water, never let them wander off alone.

* Watch out for deep water, rocks, cliffs, currents, waves; strong winds, fast flowing water, cold water and crumbing or steep banks.

* Don’t eat and drink immediately before swimming as you may suffer cramps.

* Don’t consume alcohol before going into the water.

* Too much exposure to the sun’s rays can be harmful. Always wear sun cream, at least SPF15 or above even if it is cloudy.

* If you get into trouble in the water, don’t panic - put your hand in the air and shout for help.

* If you see someone in difficultly, always dial 999 or point it out to a lifeguard if there is one on duty.

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