LYME Regis lifeboat crew were called out last night (Friday) following a report of a teenager drifting on an inflatable near Church Cliff Beach, east of the town’s harbour.
When the lifeboat arrived the youth managed to get ashore by himself and was met by local coastguards who gave him safety advice.
The lifeboat crew launched at 8.22pm and returned to Lyme Regis harbour at 8.46pm.
The RNLI urges beach-goers not to use inflatables, blow-up toys and airbeds which designed for pools, not the sea, where they can easily be swept out.
If you do use them at the beach, then please follow safety advice:
- Ensure children are closely supervised
- Keep near the shore
- Only use between the red and yellow beach flags
- Follow the lifeguard’s advice
- Do not take inflatables out in big waves
- Never use them when the orange windsock is flying, as this indicates offshore winds which will blow inflatables further out to sea
- If you do get into difficulty, then stay with your inflatable as it will keep you above the water.