How to keep your family safe on Norfolk’s beaches

Check the tide times to ensure you don't get cut off by the tide. Picture: Matthew Usher

Check the tide times to ensure you don't get cut off by the tide. Picture: Matthew Usher - Credit: Eastern Daily Press, Archant

Every year, lifeboat crews and coastguards are called out to rescue people who get cut off by the tides.

Yet it's easy to stay safe with some sensible precautions.

The main one is check the tide times. These are widely published online and simple to understand.

It's very easy to get cut off on some of our beaches, where the incoming tide floods into gullies cutting off areas of foreshore.

While the sea might look a long way out, gently-sloping sandy beaches are rapidly covered as the tide comes in.


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If you're planning a dip, take heed of any warning signs or flags. Be aware that some beaches which can have strong currents during some phases of the tide do not have them. If in doubt, stay out of the water.

If you or younger family members plan on using inflatables, stay near the shore. It's easy to get carried out to sea by currents or off-shore breezes.

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