Don’t lose your children at the seaside!

We’ve all been there. One minute your child is safely next to you as you unpack the stuff for the beach and the next they’ve gone exploring. It’s terrifying for parents and anyone else caught up in the search.

So, HM Coastguard has issued a plea for parents to keep a close eye on their children at the beach this weekend after responding to over a dozen calls so far today for help (in various parts of the country) to find missing children.

Ian Guy, Duty Controller for HM Coastguard said:

 

‘It’s always a huge worry when children go missing near the beach – not just for the parents but for our Coastguards as well.  There’s always a possibility that children may get into difficulties even in shallow water or injure themselves on slippery rocks.

 

‘We are urging parents and guardians to keep a close eye on their children at the beach and know where they are at all times. If you can, head for a lifeguarded beach and agree on a recognisable meeting point that’s easy to find.  Show your children the nearest lifeguard station or a recognisable location and tell them to head there if they get lost.  Make sure you tell the Coastguard or a lifeguard immediately if you lose sight of your child.’

HM Coastguard is urging members of the public to visit their coastal safety website www.gov.uk/coastguardsafety which gives beach goers top tips on how to stay safe on the coast and links to lifeguarded beaches.

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