Seaham and Hartlepool GUARDS have warned members of the public of rising tides after coming to the rescue of ‘lucky’ open water swimmers who ran into trouble earlier this week.
Rescue services, which are patrolling the northeastern coastline, were called to Seaton Carew yesterday (December 29) at 8 a.m. after reports of people in difficulty in the water.
After arriving at the scene, several open water swimmers, who had gotten into trouble at sea, managed to make their way back to dry land, but had to be checked by Coast Guard rescue officers before returning home. .
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Following the incident at Seaton Crew, the Seaham Coast Guard have issued a warning to those wishing to swim in difficult conditions – describing the seas as “ruthless” at this time of year.
A local coast guard spokesperson said: “One swimmer described being pulled out by a rising tide.
“Please note that the incoming tides along the northeast coast change with the movement of the sandbanks.
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“To escape a tear, swim sideways out of the tear before attempting to swim to shore.
“Open water swimming is a fantastic pastime. To enjoy it safely, be sure to use floats, swim in groups, and have a marine radio handy in case of an emergency. Channel 16 is the international distress channel.
“In case of emergency, dial 999 and ask for the coast guard.”
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