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WATCH: Bank holiday coastal safety warning for Cornwall

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Published by Sarah Yeoman at 4:33pm 25th May 2018

A coastal safety warning has gone out to Cornwall ahead of the bank holiday weekend.

Coastguard rescuers are urging beach-goers to respect the water, check tide times and choose lifeguarded areas.

They are dishing out advice on how to stay safe and make the most of the Duchy's coast.

A spokesperson for St Ives Coastguard Rescue Team posted on Facebook: "We are expecting beaches across the South West to be very busy this bank holiday weekend.

"We want people to enjoy our beautiful coastline but ensure they do so safely.

"Conditions can change quickly at the beach so it is really important to respect the water and take extra care when visiting the coast.

"If you want to swim or bathe in the sea we would advise you do so at a lifeguarded beach.

"The red and yellow flags indicate the safest areas to swim and lifeguards keep watch over this area.

"If you do get into difficulty raise your arm and call for help.

"RNLI lifeguards are always happy to answer any questions or advise of any risks, including where any rip currents may be, as these can catch out even the most experienced swimmers.

"Check tide times, tide height and weather conditions for the day.

"If you intend to take part in activities on the water, such as kayaking, always wear a flotation device and carry a means of communication so you can raise the alarm should you find yourself in trouble."

Coast Path Safety Code

Take care on the coast path - it is rugged, natural terrain.

Please follow the Coast Path Safety Code:

  1. Keep to the path, away from cliff edges and overhangs.
  2. Always supervise children and keep dogs under close control and on a lead when near cliff edges.
  3. Walking surfaces can vary considerably with the weather. Always wear strong footwear with a good grip.
  4. Wear or carry warm and waterproof clothing.
  5. Cliff-top walking can be dangerous in high winds.
  6. Beware of taking shortcuts across beaches – you may be cut off by the tide. Swimming can also be dangerous.
  7. Do not sit under cliffs or climb them.
  8. Take a photo of your nearest grid reference marker on the coast path. This will enable us to reach you as quickly as possible should you need help.

If you spot anyone in difficulty at the coast ring 999/112 and ask for the Coastguard.

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