Southport Offshore Rescue Trust is an independent charity that provides a 24-hour lifesaving service around the Southport coast
It's Behind You 2021
For many people, the sea offers a place to relax, retreat and have fun. Coastal hazards are often overlooked, but by following safety advice you can protect yourself, your friends and your family.
When visiting the beach, always check the tide times and tell people where you are going. If you plan on entering the water, choose a lifeguarded beach and swim between the flags.
If you, or a member of the public, are in difficulty, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
For more information, click here to visit the Maritime Coastguard’s safety campaign website.
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Most regions in the United Kingdom experience two high-tides and two low-tides every 24 hours. As the tide rises, also known as a flooding tide, the dangers are the greatest.
As the water moves its way up the beach as the tide rises, it fills the areas of lowest relief first. If you’re stood on a raised sandbank, that means the water may creep behind you without you realise and cut you off.
What can I do?
Be aware of your surroundings and take note of any raised sandbanks or large channels. Importantly, always check the tide times. If you are at the beach as the tide is rising, be especially aware.
If you see someone in difficulty, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
What3Words divides “the world into 3 metre squares and gave each square a unique combination of three words. It’s the easiest way to find and share exact locations.”
Download the app before you head to the beach. If you find yourself in difficulty and don’t know where you are, pass your ‘What3Words’ to the Coastguard when you call 999.