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Beach Safe flags up top tips

PUBLISHED: 14:15 04 July 2008 | UPDATED: 20:47 05 July 2010

VITAL safety messages and important advice to follow on the beaches and coastlines at Lowestoft and Southwold are being sent out to people this week.

In an effort to ensure people Stay Safe This Summer, The Journal has teamed up with Waveney District Council and their Beach Safe campaign to offer top tips to the thousands of people that flock to the award-winning sands.

VITAL safety messages and important advice to follow on the beaches and coastlines at Lowestoft and Southwold are being sent out to people this week.

In an effort to ensure people Stay Safe This Summer, The Journal has teamed up with Waveney District Council and their Beach Safe campaign to offer top tips to the thousands of people that flock to the award-winning sands.

When you go to the beach it's great to have fun with your friends and family on the sand and in the sea, but people should remember there is also some important information and advice you must follow to keep yourself safe.

One year on from the tragedy that struck Lowestoft when Katie Taylor-Boggis was swept to her death by the powerful waves, and last month's disappearance at sea near Great Yarmouth of a Norwich City College student have highlighted the need for caution.

So over the next few weeks The Journal will highlight some of the key points of the campaign to help people keep Beach Safe this summer.

This week, the district's lifeguards sent out an important message about the flags and safety signs.

Lifeguard Charlie Baker said: “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 station.

“If you see the red and yellow flag flying it means that lifeguards are on duty, so it is safe to swim.

“You will often see two of these flags on the beach and between these two flags are the safety patrol zone, which is the safest area to swim.”

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