WITH temperatures expected to soar over the Bank Holiday weekend, the RNLI is reminding people planning visits to the beach to stay safe.

Temperatures are predicted to reach 25 degrees, so beaches are expected to be busy.

The charity is asking people visiting the coast to plan their trip and head to a lifeguarded beach for an enjoyable and safe time.

Throughout the summer, lifeguards have carried out rescues involving people caught in rip currents, cut off by the tide and stranded on inflatables as well as various other incidents.

Following several serious incidents on UK beaches this summer, the RNLI are reminding everyone to check tidal times, to choose a lifeguarded beach and avoid using inflatables in the sea.

This is especially important for those less familiar with the beach environment so make sure you read local signage and follow any advice given.

Wayne Wardle, lifeguard supervisor for Wirral, said: "Conditions at sea can vary hugely throughout the day so it's important not to overestimate your own abilities in the water.

"The tides can come in and out very quickly and rip currents often develop rapidly, pulling people out to sea without warning.

"If you are ever unsure of anything, or would like some safety advice, just ask the lifeguards as they are there to help.

"We want the public to enjoy their time at the coast, which is why we advise them to be safe and to respect the water."

The RNLI's safety advice is as follows:

  • If you ever fall into the water unexpectedly or begin to struggle, the advice is to float to live.
  • The natural reaction is to thrash around and attempt to swim but this can increase the chances of you breathing in water.
  • Your safest option is to float on your back to keep your airway clear and get your breathing under control. This will allow you to call for help of plan your next move to safety.
  • If you do see someone in trouble in the water, call 999 or 112 immediately and ask for the Coastguard. Do not enter the water to try and save them as you will put yourself at risk. If possible, try to find something that floats and throw it towards them or tell them to float on their back until help arrives.