RNLI warning to bathers: Check your tide timetable

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So far this year teams from the RNLI have rescued or helped a total of 20 people and had to give a number of others medical assistance.

And now, with the school summer holidays due to begin at the end of this week, Rob Stuteley, RNLI lifeguard supervisor for Jersey, is also asking novice surfers and beginners on other watercraft to take lessons before heading
out.

He added: ‘We have dealt with a lot of tide-related incidents this summer, as the range of the tides in Jersey is so big. We have an 11.5m range around the Island here.

‘We urge the public to check the tide times and be aware of the big tides coming in so quickly. What tends to happen, especially around the sea defences, is that big tides cut people off quicker than they would expect, so we advise people to watch their exit points when they are on the beach, or out walking, to avoid being stuck.’

Mr Stuteley added that swimmers should visit patrolled beaches and stay between the designated swimming zones marked by red and yellow flags.

‘We often rescue people who have paddled out too far and cannot get back,’ he said.

‘If you are using water sport equipment, we advise anyone who is less experienced to take a lesson or go to one of the water sport schools around the beaches and always carry a means of calling for help and have it easily accessible.’

The RNLI has already visited Jersey schools this year to educate around 3,000 children about the importance of sea safety.

And the charity has also been running an initiative called ‘Hit the Surf Week’, during which 150 Jersey children were taught about sea awareness and practical board skills.

He added: ‘With the schools getting out soon, we expect the beaches to get busier.

‘As always, we encourage everyone to visit one of our lifeguarded beaches in the Island, swim between the red and yellow flags, be aware of flash rip currents and ask the lifeguards if you are not
sure.

‘If you see anybody in trouble after lifeguard hours dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.’

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