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'Don't Get Caught Out By The Tide'

With warm weather and evening high water this weekend, beachgoers are being reminded to know when the rising tide could cut them off.

Since the weather has improved this month, Jersey Coastguard has recorded a rise in the number of people getting caught out by the incoming tides.

There has already been three incidents in June.

There were 23 incidents last year, making rescues of people unable to get back to shore one of the most common emergency calls in 2022.

Trends suggest between 3pm-5pm on a rising spring tide is the most common time for help to be requested.

And it's not only visitors caught off-guard by one of the largest tidal ranges in the world. An equal number of local residents were stranded last year.

Marine Officer for the Coastguard, Ford Ramsden, says leaving plenty of time to get back to shore is key, as well as telling someone where you are going and how long for.

"The water moves incredibly fast, especially in areas such as our south-east coast, and if you're holidaymakers or locals alike if you get distracted by something you might not necessarily keep your eye on the tide, and before you know it you're being circled by it.

If we can nip this in the bud, it gives services more flexibility to do other search and rescue shouts."

 

Islanders and holidaymakers are being reminded to check tide times before going to the coast and ask a lifeguard if uncertain.

People should also take either a fully-charged mobile phone or a radio if they go to the beaches or in the water.

Jersey Coastguard has produced specific information for these areas of Jersey’s coast:

Corbiere Causeway

Elizabeth Castle Causeway

South east coast

St Aubin Fort Causeway

There is also a tide calculator, which gives details of when some of the popular causeways such as Elizabeth Castle, St Aubin Fort and Corbiere will be accessible.

 

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