The RNLI is issuing safety warnings as sunny weather is forecast for the statutory holiday weekend.

Guy Addington, RNLI Boating Safety Officer for the South East Region, says: “We urge people to think very carefully about beach safety before embarking on a coastal walk, especially during high tides. of spring.

Walmer RNLI on exercise south of St Margaret’s Bay in mid-April Photo: Walmer RNLI

“In Walmer, our last two rescues were carried out by people cut off by the tide at Ness Point, near St Margaret’s Bay, so special attention needs to be paid to this area.

Mr Addington said the tide comes in and out twice every 24 hours and while the times can be predicted, they vary in each location and change every day. Tide times should be checked.

A beach or coastal area may seem safe for a walk, but the rising tide can quickly leave you stranded.

During higher tides, as expected in the next few days, places will be cut faster than usual and generally unaffected places may also be cut.

The RNLI urges anyone who chooses to visit the coast to ensure their safety and that of their family by following its other guidelines as well as the government’s advice on travel and social distancing:

Where possible, visit a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags – find your nearest one at rnli.org/safety/beach-safety.

Collapsed chalk on the cliffs south of St Margaret's Bay observed by the RNLI in mid-April.  Image: Walmer RNLI
Collapsed chalk on the cliffs south of St Margaret’s Bay observed by the RNLI in mid-April. Image: Walmer RNLI

Wherever you are, check the weather forecast and read local hazard signs to understand local hazards and take a channel of communication with you.

If you fall into the water unexpectedly, fight your instincts to struggle. Lean back, extend your arms and legs and float

In case of emergency, dial 999 and ask for the coast guard.

The RNLI also says that anyone who uses the coastline for exercise, stay away from the edges and bases of the cliffs.

Chalk cliffs are prone to erosion, can be unstable, and can collapse without warning.

It happened south of St Margaret’s Bay this month and in Samphire Hoe, Dover, in February,

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