Coastal safety advice issued for tourists and locals out and about in East Lindsey this summer

The district council has launched safety tips for people out and about at the coast or near rivers this summer.

To help locals and visitors keep themselves safe, East Lindsey District Council has launched its ‘Get Safe 4 Summer’ campaign.

The council’s portfolio holder for Culture, Leisure and Tourism, Coun Adam Grist, said: “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.

“When on the beach it’s important that you pay attention to the 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. When playing near open water, always take a friend and be sure to read any signage.”

“It is essential to know what to do if you find yourself in a situation where you are in trouble in the water.”

For full tips go to www.rnli.org.uk/beachsafety or www.outdoorswimmingsociety.com.