Norfolk & Suffolk: Coastguard Warning

Winds for today on the Norfolk and Suffolk Coasts are forecast to be blowing strongly from the shore and out to sea.

These conditions will present extreme danger to users of inflatable toy dinghies on the sea. These and their occupants will be blown out to sea, into rough, cold deep and choppy water, where they will probably overturn.

Even those that are not occupied blown or lost from the shore will aso have to be checked by the emergency services to ascertain all persons are safe.

So if you are going to the beach today, the coastguard is asking you do not take these dinghies with you.

They also recommend that if you do intend to swim in the sea -  use lifeguard patrol areas.

Many incidents this year have resulted from missing children on the beach.

If your child goes missing either in or adjacent to the water, the coastguard asks that you do not lose time initially trying to locate her or him, but dial or get someone to dial 999 immediately and ask for the Coastguard.

If you suspect anyone is in trouble dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard, even if it is only to discuss and concerns.

So if you are going to the beach today, the coastguard says "have a great time - but please, be warned and be safe."

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