Tidal Pools and Sandbanks

Tidal Pools and Sandbanks

Cleveleys beach, and indeed any beach anywhere in the UK, is a place to respect and where you should take care for your own safety while enjoying the wonderful environment.

In recent weeks, there have been several near-miss strandings on sandbanks – where the incoming tide completely cuts off a high sandbank leaving people with no choice but to wade through very deep and fast moving water to reach safety.

One day in June, a fisherman made a couple of bad choices when leaving a sandbank where he’d become trapped and ended up in water to his neck, exhausted and struggling to get out of the sea. But for the help of nearby people who had seen and helped him onto the rock groyne, he could have had a very different conclusion to his adventure which in any case included four police cars, the coastguard and deployment of the RNLI.

A month or so ago a gentleman had become trapped in mud and again the Coastguard had to rescue him to safety as he was completely stuck up to his knees.

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This week a beach walker has been in touch with this message:

“There is a very dangerous tidal pool alongside the first breakwater north of the automatic surface water discharge point in front of Rossall School. Our dog jumped in the pool a couple of day s go, and became trapped, I went to try and help him out and sank in up to my thighs. I eventually managed to reach him by lying full length over the sand.

“Today we saw a small boy sink in and become very frightened at the edge of the pool, his mother managed to get him to safety by throwing a dog lead.

“The sand is glutinous, black and foul smelling around it. It looks like any other tidal pool until you get close or should be unfortunate enough to become trapped.”

Please, by all means, come and enjoy the beach, it is a wonderful environment and there for everyone to make the best of in the way that they choose.

But please, please, remember that it is an environment which changes on a daily basis which you should respect – so do not switch off but be very aware of what’s happening around you, where the tide is, is it coming in or going out (you can tell by how wet the beach is) whether you have a safe route back to shore, whether the sand under your feet is stable, how the way ahead looks.

Better to be aware than to be sorry.


Sandbanks on Cleveleys beach
Sandbanks on Cleveleys beach, the water comes in from behind you along the channel

Beach rescue at Cleveleys


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