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Water Safety Ireland has issued a warning over the dangers of strong tidal streams tides over the Christmas period.
On St. Stephen’s Day there will be a new moon. A new moon will increase the range of our tides causing higher and lower tides. This will expose large areas of beach and rocks which we don’t see during neap tides. Many people enjoy exploring these new areas of beach and in particular, enjoy picking shellfish to eat.
As you walk shorelines, keep a close eye on new moon tidal advances and carry your mobile phone in case you are cut off.
"On St. Stephen’s Day there will be a new moon"
The risk of becoming stranded as the tide advances can quickly leave people cut off from the shore which is why people should carry their mobile phone and call 112 if required.
All those swimming, boating, surfing, or diving should be aware of stronger tidal streams around our coast over the Christmas period.
Swimmers need to be aware of the risks rip currents will have on our beaches. The public is encouraged to access tidal information through newspapers and online.
#fullmoon – The warm weather has brought many people out to enjoy the seaside and coastal walks, however the CEO of Irish Water Safety, John Leech is warning the public that there is a full moon tomorrow 2nd of July which is causing high spring tides which poses a higher risk of being washed in to the sea or being dragged out to sea by a rip current.
A danger foreseen can avoided...
Walkers should remain alert and stay well away from the edge of ordinarily familiar coastal walks due to the risk being washed in by large Atlantic swells. Those walking on our beaches and collecting sea shells should be alert to a fast advancing tide and of being stranded. Please carry your mobile phone and ideally in the company of others.
Anglers should be extremely vigilant, three having drowned so far this year. Atlantic swells present a clear danger to shoreline anglers and a substantial distance from the edge should be maintained at all times and always wear a lifejacket.
Swimmers be awareof rip currents, especially on surfing beaches, never swim against this narrow current of water flowing away from a beach. Instead, swim parallel to the shore, out of the narrow current, then swim back to shore at an angle. Details at http://www.iws.ie/beach/rip-current-safety.328.html
Divers completing drift dives need to carefully calculate the rate of drift and ensure that the dive boat maintains contact with their divers throughout the dive.
If an emergency develops don't delay - Call 112 and ask for Coast Guard.
Coastguard coordination centres have dealt with at least eight different incidents this afternoon involving a total of 16 people who have become cut off by incoming tides at different places around the coast.
In Pembrokeshire, six people were rescued from the water by Little Haven RNLI lifeboat at Setlands Beach near Broad Haven and at St Dogmaels the Cardigan RNLI inshore lifeboat recovered a woman who was stuck thigh deep in mud.
Humber Coastguard was alerted to two people and their dogs trapped by a fast rising tide near Bridlington. They were unsure of their location and as rescue units began searching for them, the couple were fortunately spotted by Hornsea Rescue lifeboat who recovered them from the water in a distressed condition.
Mike Bill, Coastguard Watch Manager at Humber Coastguard says,
"Coastguards are warning people at the coast to check tide times to ensure you are not caught out. Talk about how the tides work with your family and make sure everyone understands how tides work and what the dangers are when walking at the coast."
Four teenagers were rescued in Co Down last weekend when they were cut off by the tide, the News Letter reports.
The teens were caught up to their shoulders in water at Ardilea on Saturday evening when they were retrieved by a former volunteer coastguard who lives nearby.
The group were met at the shore by the South Down Coastguard Rescue Team and NI Ambulance Service paramedics and taken to hospital showing signs of hypothermia.
Meanwhile, on Friday night RNLI Bangor lifeboat rescued a young girl stranded on a rock near Groomsport after a call from a member of the public.
“With waves breaking around the knees of the frightened child it was paramount that she be brought ashore as quickly as possible," said a coastguard statement.
The girl was treated by waiting paramedics at the shore.