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Stay safe on Wyre's beaches

Stay safe on Wyre's beaches

Our beaches can be great places to visit with miles of promenade, sand and shingle to explore. Where you can enjoy fantastic views over the Fylde Coast and Morecambe Bay, picnic by the beach, spot coastal wildlife and enjoy a seaside day out.

If you are heading to Wyre’s stunning beaches, estuaries or dunes please, spare a thought for safety.

Wyre Council, HM Coastguard and The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) are urging anyone planning a trip to the beach and particularly, anyone thinking of going into the water to follow our guidance on a safe visit to the seaside.

Check the tide times before you visit

Dangers

All coastal areas have numerous hidden dangers.

Around two thirds of people in the UK go to the seaside at least once a year, both for summer holidays and day trips. Last year alone, RNLI lifeguards responded to more than 9,500 incidents and helped more than 10,900 people on some of the UK’s busiest beaches. There are several significant dangers to be aware of from being washed out to sea, misjudged tidal and weather conditions and being pulled under by a strong current.

You can visit RNLI’s website for more detailed information and guidance

You can visit the Coastguard coastal safety website here.

You can visit the Royal Life Saving Society website here

For younger members of the family, visit Colin the coastguard website

Wyre’s coastline which includes Fleetwood and Cleveleys, Knott End and Pilling, is affected by a large tidal range which means that the water levels and depths on the beach change on a daily basis. The tide, wind and rainfall can have an impact on the local conditions and make changes to the beach levels as well as the wave height.

Every day the tide comes in and out bringing with it submerged objects from the ocean floor and depositing them on the beach.  Please ensure that you and your family have checked your bit of the beach for any hidden hazards.

What to do in an Emergency

  • Immediately dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard if you see anyone in danger or attempting to enter the water in poor sea conditions
  • If you are in difficulty in the sea, raise your hand and shout for help

Coastal and Beach Patrol Services

Wyre Council operate a seasonal Fylde Coast YMCA beach patrol service which this year runs weekends from Saturday 6 June to Sunday 19 July and through the summer holiday period - Monday 20 July to Monday 31 August

The service is provided from 12 noon until 5pm at Fleetwood and 10:30pm until 5pm at Cleveleys.

Please note that this is in two beaches only and does not cover the whole of the Wyre coast. (Marine Beach – Fleetwood and Jubilee Beach – Cleveleys). There's more information on our bathing waters as well as maps on our website.

The Coastguard, RNLI and NCI all look out for the safety of visitors to the coast along with the Police and Fire and Rescue Service.

The council`s rangers and other officers inspect our coastline and beach daily. They ensure Wyre’s coastline is kept clean, safe and enjoyable for both residents and visitors.

If you spot anything that needs reporting please contact the council at 01253 891000 or mailroom@wyre.gov.uk

Beach Safety Guide

Please read the guidance below prior to making your trip to our coastline. The information is here to keep you safe:

  • Wherever possible, always swim at a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flag. (If no flag flying then no lifeguard present.)
  •  Read and obey safety signs usually found at the entrance to the beach
  • Check the tide timetable for the local area prior to visiting
  • Be aware of incoming tides and sandbanks which can cut you off
  • Always stay with your children whether on the beach or in the sea
  • Do not trust others to look after your children
  • Do not swim alone
  • Do not swim in the dark
  • Keep within your depth and stay within your capabilities
  • Do not use dinghies and inflatables which are not made for the sea
  • Do not try to retrieve toys that have been blown out to sea
  • Do not swim if you have just eaten, after drinking alcohol or if you are feeling unwell
  • Do not swim near or dive from rocks, piers, breakwater and coral
  • Don`t follow the tide out stay close to the shore.
  • Dog walking: dogs can get into trouble whilst exploring, so always keep them on a lead at the coast. If they get stuck in mud or swept out to sea, don’t go after them. Most dogs make it back safely, but you might not.
  • Mud and quicksand: Avoid crossing bays and walking through mud where there can be hidden channels of fast-flowing water. If you do get trapped, spread your weight evenly across the surface, and stop others from trying to help you, as they might get stuck too. Shout for help ask others to dial 999 and ask for Coastguard

Beach, coast or sea: think 999 Coastguard

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