Let's be careful out there...

If you’re at the coast or beach today - please be watchful of the hidden and unexpected dangers.

We’re currently coordinating the response to a multitude of incidents across the beaches and coasts of the UK, from lost children, to swimmers and paddleboarders getting into difficulty.

When you call 999 because something’s gone wrong, we will respond as we are today.

All we ask is that you take time to pause and take a little extra care on busy beaches and crowded coastal areas.

Julie-Anne Wood, from HM Coastguard said: “We know many of you are already at the coast and enjoying the sunshine. We love it too. We also know things sometimes go very unexpectedly wrong and we will always respond when you call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

“All we ask is that you don’t forget to think about keeping safe, things like going to lifeguarded beaches, checking tides, keeping a watchful eye on your children and your mates. Let’s make this the summer of taking home happy memories, not days we want to forget.”

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