The RNLI has issued a plea for the public to take heed of important water safety advice as schools begin the mid-term break and the Government has introduced Level 5 restrictions to deal with Covid-19.
With the Government restriction on exercise to within 5 kilometres of home, the lifesaving charity is reminding the public that water temperatures can be very cold and to be aware of the dangers if they are within the limit and able to exercise near the coast or inland waters.
RNLI Water Safety Lead Kevin Rahill said: ‘With the mid-term break and the increased restrictions it is understandable that people may wish to try and get outdoors to enjoy the coast or our inland waters. However, the water can be cold and there are no lifeguards on the beaches.
‘We would ask those planning to use the water or exercise near the coast to continue to be aware of the dangers and to avoid taking risks. By being aware of some key safety advice we can keep safe.’
The RNLI’s key water safety messages are:
- If you are heading to the water always check weather and tides or currents
- Have a plan and let someone know where you are going and when you will be back
- If swimming, check for rip currents and strong tides and always be accompanied
- If you are walking along the coast be aware that rocks and paths may be slippery
- If you are going on the water, wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid
- Always carry a reliable means of raising the alarm
- If you see someone in trouble dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard