Beach safety


SUNSEEKERS have been issused with some advice to help them stay safe at the seaside.

The lifeguards are patrolling the beach at Seaton Carew and at the Headland’s Block Sands and Fish Sands every day over the school holiday period until September 1.

They have already rescued one man who got into difficulties at Seaton when he went into the sea outside the designated bathing area to retrieve a ball and a strong current began to pull him out of his depth.

The lifeguards are urging people to follow simple safeguards to help avoid trouble, including staying in the areas which are patrolled, being aware of incoming tides and never swimming when red flags are flying.

People are also advised not to use inflatables in the sea, and never to leave children unattended.

It is also important to follow the instructions issued by the lifeguards.

Debbie Kershaw, the Council’s Quality and Safety Officer, who oversees the beaches and lifeguards, said: “Thanks to the prompt action of the lifeguards the man who got into difficulties at Seaton was unharmed, but it shows once again that people need to take care when they are by the sea.

“Help us to help you have a fun day out – follow these simple rules and stay safe at the seaside.”