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Safety warning for beachgoers

Safety warning for beachgoers
19 Aug 2013

Beachgoers have been urged to take more care when enjoying the sea, after the number of lifeboat launches increased by a third in July. 

And with the warmer-than-usual weather this August encouraging yet more people to head to the coast, the RNLI and the Coastguard is concerned that lives will be lost if more care is not taken, the BBC reports. 

The two organisations are particularly worried about the use of inflatables and the practice of tombstoning, which involves jumping from height into the water. 

'It's lovely weather, people buy an inflatable dinghy but they are not aware of the offshore winds and they get swept off out to sea,' a spokeswoman for the RNLI told the news provider. .

Barry Coastguard in Wales added: 'Tombstoning is ... extremely dangerous. Water depth alters with the tide, so what was a deep pool at lunchtime might be a shallow puddle by teatime.'ADNFCR-408-ID-801626767-ADNFCR

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