Every year thousands of people get into real, life-threatening difficulty all around our coastline. They may be washed out to sea, pulled under by a strong rip current, or simply get into the water when conditions are dangerous.
On Saturday 11 July 2015, 26 year old Ashley West went for an evening out with his pals. He went into the sea but couldn't get out - his friends tried to save him but couldn't - and eventually the Coastguard and RNLI saved him near to Uncle Tom's Cabin. He was taken to the Victoria Hospital but later died. Don't let this happen to you and your friends - don't go in the sea when the tide is in.
The huge flat sandy beaches of Cleveleys, as with the whole of the Fylde Coast, are particularly prone to the formation of sandbanks, which are probably the number one thing which would catch most people out.
The sea carves channels in the sand, which shift and move on a daily basis with each tide, particularly so during the heavier winds. When the tide comes back in, the water rushes through these lower lying channels and creates sandbank islands which easily cut unsuspecting people off and leave them in danger. Often, the bank can be too long to outrun, which makes for a wade through what can be deep and fast moving water.
The other thing that can be very dangerous is wave dodging. Mainly in the winter months when the tide is very high with the wind against it, it blows the spray and waves up above the sea defences. There are points along this coastline, mainly in the Blackpool stretches, where people have been washed into the sea and have drowned, so never underestimate it, and always keep your dogs on a lead and away from the edge.
These tips are provided by the RNLI to keep you safe on any UK beach:
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and HM Coastguard (HMCG) are the government organisations responsible for preventing loss of life, continuously improving maritime safety, and protecting the marine environment in the sea around the UK.
HM Coastguard Search and Rescue team are based out of Fleetwood (in the same building as the RNLI) and cover from the Cartford Arms area on the River Wyre through to Blackpool.
There is also a team based in Lytham (in the big car park after the sand dunes on Clifton drive) that looks after Blackpool to Tickled Trout on the River Ribble. They are normally the intial contact when you ring 999 and will attend both beach and sea incidents.
Beach safety signs at Cleveleys
Sandbanks on Cleveleys beach, the water comes in from behind you along the channel
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