Dorset coastguard crews beach safe plea

Dorset coastguard crews beach safe plea

Published by Helen Down at 11:34am 30th May 2020. (Updated at 11:38am 30th May 2020)

Enjoy the weekend 'for the right reasons'.

Coastguard crews from West Bay and Lyme Regis are reminding visitors to stay alert and be safe.

Teams will be operating high visibility patrols to known incident hotspots should they be needed.

But add that the risks posed by trips to the coast could be higher at present as local authorities and landowners may not have had the chance to put their usual safety provisions in place.

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A cliff rescue at Studland

The majority of beaches are also not being covered by RNLI Lifeguard so people are being asked to take personal responsibility.

Tips to keep you and your family safe:

  • Check tide times
  • Remember the sea has currents and rip tides that can’t easily be seen 
  • Leave inflatables at home 
  • Check your kit before you go onto the water 
  • Make sure you have fully charged phones or other means of contact
  • Look out for each other
  • If you get into trouble call 999 and ask for the Coastguard
  • If you encounter any coastguard teams on patrol, feel free to approach them, providing social distancing allows, for any advice
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Durdle Door

The advice comes as a young woman with a suspected broken ankle was rescued by emergency crews at Durdle Door.

Lulworth Coastguard were called out to the beauty spot yesterday at around 6pm.

They helped South Western Ambulance Service remove the casualty from the scene after she was given first aid.