With the sunny weather continuing, we’re urging residents and visitors to keep themselves safe if they go in the sea and not to use inflatables.
Brighton & Hove’s coastline can be extremely dangerous, with winds coming in from multiple directions causing dangerous wave conditions on the shoreline.
Sadly, there have been two fatal incidents in the area in past couple of weeks involving people using inflatables in the sea.
The RNLI guidance is that inflatables, blow-up toys and airbeds are designed for pools, and shouldn't be used in the sea, as they can easily be swept out.
If you do use them at the beach, then:
- ensure children are closely supervised
- keep near the shore
- only use between the red and yellow beach flags
- follow the lifeguard’s advice
- do not take inflatables out in big waves
- never use them when the orange windsock is flying, as this indicates offshore winds which will blow inflatables further out to sea
- if you do get into difficulty, then stay with your inflatable as it will keep you above the water
Read more about keeping yourself safe on Brighton & Hove's beaches and RNLI's beach safety advice.