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Tuesday, 31 July, 2001, 16:17 GMT 17:17 UK
Coastguards warn of seaside dangers
beach
Good weather means Britons head for the beaches
Coastguards have warned holidaymakers to be more aware of potential dangers at the seaside.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) launched the sea smart code and revealed last weekend was their busiest of the year so far.

Many were inundated with emergency calls to save children who had been swept out to sea on inflatables.

A total of 359 incidents were reported to coastguards during the weekend, compared to 215 the previous weekend.

And the MCA fears a record number of people will find themselves in danger this summer.


Simple measures such as checking tide times, planning sailing trips carefully and tying kids' inflatables to the shore can all help to make Britain's beaches a safe place to holiday

Peter Dymond
MCA

A third of all seaside incidents happen in July and August when the beaches are at their busiest, according to the agency.

Last year nearly 250 people died in accidents around Britain's coastline and 12,000 incidents were reported to coastguards.

The MCA's Peter Dymond, said: "Simple measures such as checking tide times, planning sailing trips carefully and tying kids' inflatables to the shore can all help to make Britain's beaches a safe place to holiday."

The hot weather the UK is currently enjoying is expected to continue until Thursday when thunder storms in the south east should see temperatures falling.

But hoteliers continue to enjoy a huge increase in trade, as holidaymakers cancel trips abroad and flock to seaside resorts.

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