Council urges beachgoers in Skegness and Mablethorpe coastal area to stay safe near open water this summer

East Lindsey District Council has urged the public to make sure they stay safe when out and about near open water in the area this summer.

With the temperature soaring and schools set to break up, East Lindsey District Council expects to see a surge of visitors to the coast.

The beach at Chapel Point looking south towards Ingoldmells and Fantasy Island.

The beach at Chapel Point looking south towards Ingoldmells and Fantasy Island.

And, on hot days, a dip in the sea may seem very inviting, but local people and visitors to the coast need to make sure they are aware of how to keep safe when swimming in the sea.

The Council’s Portfolio Holder for Culture, Leisure and Tourism – including Beach Safety, Councillor Adam Grist, said: “A trip to the beach provides the perfect free, family-friendly day out. Although there are lifeguards looking out for your safety on the main beaches, there are a lot of things you can do to ensure your own safety when playing near or in water.

“Making sure you are aware of the dangers and how to overcome them will ensure you have the best information available should you get into difficulties in the water.

“When on the beach it is important that you pay attention to the various brightly coloured flags and signs that you see.

“The safest place to swim is where you see a red and yellow flag. This means there is a lifeguard patrolling the beach.

“A black and white flag means there may be surf boards about so do not swim in this area.

“If there is no flag there is no lifeguard, and if you see a red flag this means danger - you must not swim in either of these places. And, for your own safety, never use inflatables in the sea. “

To help people stay safe, the council has launched its Get Safe 4 Summer campaign aimed at educating children and adults in water safety.

Key to this is ‘the three Rs’. Relax – stay calm and float. Do not swim against the current, swim across it;

Raise – raise an arm to signal for help. If possible, shout to attract attention;

And Rescue – float and wait for assistance. Do not panic - people drown because they panic.

Tips to make sure you and your family stay safe this summer include always following the advice from lifeguards if there are any on duty; and make sure you look out for information, warning signs and flags.

You should also never swim on your own and keep and eye on children near the water.

Watch out for deep water, rocks, cliffs, currents, waves; strong winds, fast flowing water, cold water and crumbing or steep banks.

Don’t eat and drink immediately before swimming as you may suffer cramps.

And don’t consume alcohol before going into the water

Too much exposure to the sun’s rays can be harmful. Always wear sun cream, at least SPF15 or above even if it is cloudy.

If you get into trouble in the water, don’t panic - put your hand in the air and shout for help;

If you see someone in difficultly, always dial 999 or point it out to a lifeguard if there is one on duty.

For more information on beach safety visit www.rnli.org.uk/beachsafety.