Press release

Coastguard safety appeal as hot weather continues

Glorious sunshine and hot temperatures has seen the Coastguard deal with more than 2,500 incidents in the past month alone.

Coastguard Rescue Officers

From 21 June to 21 July 2014, there were 2,549 incidents listed on the Coastguard database, ranging from struggling swimmers, cliff fallers to broken down boats and kayakers in difficulty.

Now with the start of the school summer holidays, Coastguards are reminding people of a few top tips to help them stay safe and enjoy their time at the coast.

Richard Martin, Chief Coastguard, said:

During this recent spell of good weather, we’ve seen a lot of people head to the beautiful UK coastline to enjoy the sunshine. The key thing to remember first of all is that if you see someone in difficulty, or you get into trouble yourself, call 999 immediately and ask for the Coastguard.

If you are heading out for a swim, remember that even though the sea may look calm on the surface, there is the danger of strong currents underneath. We recommend that you swim at a lifeguarded beach, take note of any warning signs and best to tell someone on the beach what you are doing so they can keep an eye on you.

Always check tide times before you head out for a walk and away from beach access points so that you can avoid being cut off by the incoming tide.

When walking along cliff tops, make sure you are wearing suitable footwear and don’t venture too close to the edge. Always keep dogs on a lead.

If you’re heading out in a boat, canoe, kayak and such like, you should wear an appropriate lifejacket or buoyancy aid.

The key thing to remember is to have a great time but call us if you need us. You know our number: 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

Coastguard database figures for previous months  
21 May to 21 June 2014 2,184 incidents
21 April to 21 May 2014 1,692 incidents

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Published 25 July 2014