Southport Lifeboat has launched a new campaign called #itsbehindyou – a beach safety campaign aimed at educating members of the public with how to stay safe when visiting Southport.
Nick Porter from Southport Lifeboat said: “A combination of warm weather, more people visiting and there being no RNLI Lifeguard cover on Southport Beach this summer has led to our volunteer crews being called out more than ever before.
“The campaign has therefore been created to highlight the dangers of our coast and provide safety advice.
“Earlier this year, our crews helped over 40 people who had become cut off by the tide at Southport in one incident.
“Last week, we rescued two teenagers who were minutes away from the sandbank they were trapped on from being completely covered by the tide.
“Our message to people is this. When you are at the beach, check to see whether the water has crept behind you while you are relaxing on the beach. Keep checking whether #ItsBehindYou.
If you get into difficulty, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”
It costs £60,000 to keep Southport Lifeboat functioning all year round. That is no mean task during ordinary times, let alone the extraordinary times we currently find ourselves in.
Southport Lifeboat is funded entirely through public donations, and is independent of the RNLI.
There are other ways you can help the charity continue to save lives, including joining LifeboatLotto or online donations.
For more details about the emergency service, or if you would like to dominate, please visit their website: