After a recent spate of incidents, UK Coastguard has some timely safety tips for enjoying the beach and coastline safely without putting yourself in danger.

Always check the weather and tidal conditions before you set out so that you can prepare accordingly.

Itís easy to get caught up in enjoying time on the beach or exploring coastal areas but make sure you keep a careful eye on the incoming sea tide which can quickly catch you out. You can check tides at this link: http://easytide.ukho.gov.uk/EasyTide/

Always choose a lifeguarded beach if you can and be careful where you swim Ė cold water shock, currents and rip tides are all factors which lead to even excellent swimmers getting into trouble. Stay within your depth and swim parallel to the shore. Make sure you tell someone where you are going and what time youll be back.


And remember if things do go wrong or if you see someone in difficulty, donít hesitate to radio or call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.í