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Be safe this summer plea

PUBLISHED: 14:30 12 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:09 06 July 2010

VISITORS and residents of Lowestoft are today being reminded vital safety messages ahead of days out to the town's award-winning beaches.

Be Beach Safe is the call to all as The Journal and Waveney District Council team up to Stay Safe This Summer.

VISITORS and residents of Lowestoft are today being reminded vital safety messages ahead of days out to the town's award-winning beaches.

Be Beach Safe is the call to all as The Journal and Waveney District Council team up to Stay Safe This Summer.

And each week reminders will go out highlighting some of the key points of the campaign.

This week's message about water safety comes from council lifeguard Jade Russell.

If I am unsure about where it is safe to swim, what should I do?

“Always ask a lifeguard for advice about where it is safe to swim if you are unsure. Take the time to look at safety signs and flags. Detailed information is always posted at the lifeguard stations.”

What does it mean if I see the red flags flying on the beach?

“If you see the red flags flying it means danger and it is not safe to swim. You will often see red flags if there are rough sea conditions, for example strong surf, strong winds and under currents.”

What should I do before swimming in the sea?

“You should always check out the beach when you arrive, so that you spot any potential dangers. Be aware of physical hazards such as rocks, piers, groynes and breakwaters.

“Look for undertow currents and dangerous rip currents. If you're unsure, ask the lifeguard. Don't swim alone, it's safer with a friend and try to make sure there are other people around - you never know when help might be needed.

“Take safety advice, and aim to swim where there is a lifeguard on patrol - look for zoned swimming areas, marked by red and yellow flags. Look out for signs and the beach flags to ensure it is safe to swim.”

Stay safe and follow this advice:

Ask a lifeguard for advice - they are there to help.

If you get into trouble in the water, raise your hand in the air and shout for help.

Never swim where a sign says not to, or when a red flag is flying.

Beach safety talks are available. Speak to the lifeguards or call 01502 569352.

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