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Reminder not to use inflatables in the sea after beach patrol rescue

Beachgoers are being reminded of the dangers of using inflatables after Beach Patrol had to rescue two children at the weekend.

The Tendring District Council (TDC) safety team plucked the youngsters, both aged under 10, from the water off Clacton’s West Beach after they fell off inflatables.

Beach Patrol launched its boat to initially recover the inflatables, before being alerted to the children in the sea and bringing them both safely to shore.

The children were unharmed in the incident, which happened on Saturday 11 July.

It is not recommended to use inflatables on the coast, especially when there is an offshore wind – shown by the flying of a windsock by Beach Patrol – due to the risk of being blown out to sea.

There is also the danger that those lying on inflatables float out of their depth, putting them at increased risk if they fall off.

If people do use inflatables, they should be anchored to the shore and supervised at all times. Anyone finding themselves in difficulty in the water should float to live, attract attention – while those on the shore should alert Beach Patrol if on duty, and/or call 999 and ask for Coastguard.

Alex Porter, TDC Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, reminded people to respect the water when visiting the Essex Sunshine Coast.

“Our coastline is a beautiful place to visit, and safe – if you respect the water and weather conditions and look after yourself,” Cllr Porter said.

“There are many hidden dangers at the beach, so please follow this safety advice – and don’t be afraid to speak to other beachgoers and pass that advice on to them.

“We would always recommend using a beach manned by Beach Patrol if they are on duty, and this rescue demonstrates once again just what a fantastic service they offer.”

Beach Patrol has a new Instagram account (@beachpatrol_tendring) where updates on patrols and weather conditions, as well as safety advice, is posted.



For more information on this news release contact Tendring District Council’s Communications Manager Will Lodge on 01255 686338.