Beware of tides on busy bank holiday

The Coastguard is warning coastal visitors to check tide times after multiple incidents around the country where people have been cut off by the tide. Coastguard coordination centres have dealt with at least eight different incidents this afternoon involving a total of 16 people who have become cut off by incoming tides at different places around the coast.

Read more on the MCA website..

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Don’t be oblivious to the dangers of mud

If you do become stuck in mud try to spread your weight as much as possible. If you have a mobile phone call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. Avoid moving and stay as calm as you can. Discourage others from attempting to rescue you, since without the proper equipment they could become stuck too.

Stay safe – before heading out on the water get trained, check weather and tides, wear a lifejacket, avoid alcohol and keep in touch. Read more on the MCA website…

Take care at the coast this August bank holiday

Ahead of the August bank holiday weekend, with many people likely to enjoy a visit to the coast, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards are urging people to put safety first.

This safety reminder comes ahead of what is traditionally a very busy weekend for the charity’s volunteer crews, who are on-call 24/7, and its lifeguards, who are this year patrolling more than 160 beaches. Last year, the RNLI saw an increase in its rescue activity over the long weekend, compared with the previous year’s August bank holiday.

Read more on the RNLI website…

Review of safety guidance for towed inflatable’s

The National Water Safety Forum (NWSF) and British Water Ski and Wakeboard (BWSW) are working together to review and further develop safety guidance for operators of organised towed inflatable activities.

The joint project has been launched in response to a recommendation made by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) following its investigation into a fatal accident at Princes Club Water Sports Park in Bedfont, Middlesex. An 11-year-old girl was killed in the accident on September 11, 2010, when she fell from a banana boat ride. MAIB published its report into the accident in July.

BWSW is the national governing body for the sports of water skiing and wakeboarding. It has 150 affiliates to which it gives advice and information. It also trains and maintains standards among its clubs.

BWSW has long-established guidelines about towed inflatables, which were drawn up in response to requests and concerns raised by its clubs and operators several years ago, rather than as a result of a catastrophic incident. BWSW makes this information freely and readily available through its literature and training materials, which are provided to all BWSW registered clubs, and examples were cited in the MAIB report.

BWSW will formally review its guidelines and has welcomed the opportunity for a second opinion to be provided by the NWSF.

During the course of the joint review of safety guidance, the two organisations will research the available information on incidents involving towed craft and participation levels, and make recommendations on the appropriate extent of regulation and enforcement.

Michael Vlasto OBE, the NWSF’s chairman, said: “We welcome the opportunity to work with BWSW in responding to the recommendations made following the MAIB investigation into last year’s tragic accident. Revision of the guidance will take place initially over the coming winter months, and we plan to have the results available by the end of March in order to meet the start of the 2012 season. The safety guidance will be subject to continual and continuous review to take account of changing circumstances.”

Read the report on the MAIB website…

As bank holiday weekend approaches check tide time and stay safe at the seaside

With the school holidays well underway and the busy bank holiday weekend around the corner, coastguards and the Shipping Minister are coming together to remind families, children and visitors of the importance of checking weather and tide times to stay safe whilst at the beach and along the coast.

Already this summer coastguards have dealt with many beach-related incidents, with a particularly high number of people being caught out by the tide and needing to be rescued after becoming stranded. Since 1st July, almost 150 such rescues have been carried out around the UK coast, with around 80% involving children. Read more on the MCA webiste…

 

RNLI lifeguards remind paddlers to seek training and advice this summer

RNLI lifeguards and volunteer lifeboat crew are urging kayakers and canoeists to seek professional advice and training before venturing out on Welsh waters this summer. The charity’s lifeguards, who offer advice and safety cover on 28 of Wales’s beaches throughout the summer season, see an alarming amount of the public hiring kayaks and canoe equipment and not seeking professional advice before going out to sea.

Many people have chosen to enjoy the Welsh coast this summer by taking the opportunity to hire equipment from various shops across the country. Some hire stores offer induction courses for beginners, and safety advice and leaflets can by picked up from various places along the beach. Read more on the RNLI website…

Be aware and report sightings of blue-green algae

The Environment Agency is raising awareness of a potential hazard in rivers, lakes and ponds across Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire. The ongoing drought and weather conditions currently being experienced may lead to an increased chance of blue-green algae blooms. Blue-green algae produces toxins which can harm, or even kill, farm animals, pets and wild animals and cause skin-rashes, eye irritation, vomiting, diarrhoea, fever and muscle and joint pain in people.Read more on the EA website…

Coastguard advise boat owners to get appropriate training

If you are going to sea, please ensure that you have the correct and necessary equipment to get you out of trouble. In this particular incident, a GPS, an anchor and knowing that you enough fuel to make your trip and return safely to port are all items that should be on your checklist.

We would always recommend that all boat users should know how to use a radio and the correct distress procedures. Check with your local yacht or boat club or the RYA as to how you can obtain training. Read more on the MCA website…