Travel insurance customers should 'take care on beaches'

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Any travel insurance policy holders heading for a day at the seaside this summer should be extra cautious, the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) has urged.

Last year, on the busiest beaches in the UK, RNLI lifeguards saved 123 lives after responding to more than 13,000 incidents and helping almost 16,000 people experiencing difficulties.

Of these cases, almost two-thirds (63 per cent) were incidents involving children.

Steve Wills, RNLI beach safety manager, advised travel insurance policy holders with children to keep within arm's reach of them while in the water and to go to beaches with lifeguards.

"You've got that extra safety cover there and they will also advise you about the hazards and make sure you swim at the best part of the beach and be as safe as possible," he said.

Mr Wills added: "With the recent good weather and schools breaking up soon we're really urging the public to take extra caution when they visit beaches to think about things like tides and offshore rip currents."

Posted by Claire Carter

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