Everyone urged to be water aware ahead of Bank Holiday weekend

  Posted: 29.04.21 at 15:30 by Mary Wells

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Ahead of the bank holiday weekend, when more people might be visiting coastal locations and inland water beauty spots, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) is urging people to take extra care in and around water.

The Fire Service shared their top tips for water safety. They include:

- Never swim alone in case you need help

- Don’t drink alcohol if you are going to take part in water activities – it impairs judgement and your ability to swim

- Avoid walking routes near water if you have been drinking alcohol

- Don’t dive or jump straight into open water, this can cause potentially fatal cold water shock even on the warmest day

Hilbre Island

- Actively supervise children in and around water – drowning can happen fast and silently

- If you find yourself unexpectedly in the water – don’t panic – extend your arms and legs out and float on your back until the effects of cold water shock pass

- Never enter the water to try to rescue someone – call 999 and ask for the Fire Service if inland and the Coastguard if you are at the coast

The National Fire Chiefs Council’s (NFCC) Be Water Aware Campaign, 26 April to 2 May 2021, is supported by MFRS and as part of it they are encouraging people to be aware of the risks and stay safe.

Each year, MFRS carry out a number of rescues from mud flats in our region.

In February 2021, MFRS joined a multi-agency team in the rescue of two people who were stuck in mud near the sailing club in Thurstaston.

If you are visiting one of Wirral’s beaches, or taking a trip to Hilbre Island, make sure you are aware of tide times and take a mobile phone. You can find out more about tide times by clicking or tapping here.

If you do become stuck in mud, try not to panic, spread your weight as much as possible and call 999.

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