Hartlepool’s lifeguards are reminding people of some important advice to help them have a safe time at the seaside.
The lifeguards will be patrolling the beach at Seaton Carew and the Headland’s Block Sands and Fish Sands on weekends, the Bank Holiday and half-term holiday from Saturday, May 23, up to the start of the school summer holidays.
Then during the busier school summer holiday period itself, they will be on duty every day from Saturday, July 18, to Tuesday, September 1.
The lifeguards are urging people to follow these simple safeguards to help avoid trouble:
•Swim where the lifeguards patrol – within the areas marked by the red and yellow marker flags.
•Never go into the water when the red flags are flying.
•Be aware of incoming tides.
•Never leave children unattended.
•Don’t use inflatables in the sea.
•Avoid piers, slipways and promenades when the sea conditions are rough.
•Think before you dive as there may be hidden dangers such as rocks, currents or insufficient depth beneath.
•Never swim on your own.
•If you see someone in difficulty don’t enter the water – shout a lifeguard or call 999.
Debbie Kershaw, the council’s Quality and Safety Officer, said: “Help us to help you have a fun day out – follow these simple rules and stay safe at the seaside.”