If you’re dreaming of beach days, sunbathing and splashing around in the sea, you probably don’t want to think about the possibility of travel accidents. The beach is paradise for many of us, but it can be a dangerous place. Powerful currents, sea creatures and a rapidly incoming tide can all make the seaside the scene of holiday accidents.
Should you be travelling abroad for a beach holiday this year, here are some tips to help you steer clear of holiday injuries and reduce your risk of travel illness.
How not to get caught out by a rapidly incoming tide
When spending the day at the beach, it’s always beneficial to head for a manned beach and look for safe swimming zones. If there is a lifeguard on duty, they will be able to alert you to potential dangers, including a rapidly incoming tide, as well as coming to your rescue if you get into trouble in the water.
Listen out for adverse weather warnings and follow advice from the coastguard and local lifeguard service.
When in the water, try not to head out too far from the shore. The water is deeper and the currents are likely to be stronger. Keep your eye on the tide. In some cases, the tide can come up very quickly. If you’re in the water, this can make it more difficult to swim. If you’re on land, there is a risk that you can get dragged into the water.
When you set up camp with your inflatables and buckets and spades, keep well back from the water’s edge. Always ensure that children are supervised, especially if there is a rapidly incoming tide. If you are advised not to swim, come out of the water immediately.
A rapidly incoming tide can cause problems for those in the water and on land. Be careful when you’re swimming, pay attention to the tide, and listen out for advice from experts.
In the case that you get caught by a rapidly incoming tide, try and attract attention and wait for help to arrive. If you can, cling onto a rocks or anything that helps to stabilise you.
Travel accident compensation
If you’ve been involved in an accident abroad and you wish to find out more about making a claim for travel accident compensation, call Accident Advice Helpline. We have more than 15 years of experience in the travel claims industry and we work on a no-win, no-fee basis.
Our lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice