Whether you are taking a break on British shores or planning to travel to exotic beaches, there is always a chance that there will be times when it is not safe to go in the sea.
It is therefore recommended to always seek out beaches that are patrolled by lifeguards. Here, any potential risks and times when it is not safe to go in the sea will be signalled by regularly updated warning flags.
Times when it is not safe to go in the sea
Naturally, it helps to know what these flags mean in order to determine whether going into the water is safe or not. Flags may vary slightly from one country to the next, but as a rule, it is not safe to go in the sea when you see the following flags:
- Red flags, which indicate that going into the water is dangerous due to strong currents or high surfs
- Purple flags, which signals the presence of dangerous sea life, including jellyfish, stingrays and other potentially dangerous creatures
- Red and white quartered flags, which are a shark warning
Naturally, it is imperative to prevent drowning or near drowning accidents by finding out what colours or patterns of flags mean in the country you are visiting.
Going into the sea is also not safe:
- After alcohol consumption, as this can both impair your ability to properly judge distances and slow your reactions
- When you are alone, especially on beaches without lifeguards, as there will be no-one around to raise the alarm if you get into trouble
Orange windsocks indicating offshore winds also mean it is unsafe to go into the water with inflatables, as these can easily be swept out to sea, even by comparatively light winds.
Near drowning or drowning accidents are not the only dangers of beach holidays. Rock pools pose a risk of slips, trips and falls, as do spills, uneven or damaged flooring or clutter in beach cafés or shops. Lack of experience when participating in water sports may also result in personal injuries, as may boating or fishing accidents.
Your right to claim
If you have on accident on the beach, whether it is in the water, a slip, trip or fall or any other kind of beach accident, you may qualify for compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline public liability claim experts can help you bring your claim to a successful conclusion. Call us today to learn more, on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile, or 0800 689 0500 from a landline.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice