If you see anyone in trouble, alert the lifeguards or call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.
Children are safest when supervised. As soon as you get to the beach, agree a meeting point in case of separation. If the beach runs a children’s safety scheme, using wristbands or tickets, take part. They’re free and they work. If you are on an lifeguarded beach, pay a visit to the lifeguard post on arrival and they can give you special wristbands on which you can put your contact details.
If a child does go missing:
- Calmly check your surroundings first, ensuring other children remain monitored
- Contact the lifeguards or police and keep them informed
- Let all searchers know once the child is found.