Thanet RNLI Community Safety Team get water safety message across

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Today, on a sunny but cold beach, Ian Lockyer a volunteer RNLI Community Safety Officer for Thanet came across a unique way of getting a safety message cross, sand art!

A man on a beach using a rake to write a message in the sand.

RNLI/Karen Cox

Ian creating his message


Every year we have people cut off by the tide around our coastline, and although we have teams out giving advise and publish the tides on our websites, still some people get caught out.

Ian came up with the idea of using the beach itself, and for his first attempt, I’m sure you’ll agree that he will do very well. His message is ‘ Think time and tide’ .

His message was posted in Ramsgate, just along from the Main Sands, below the Ramsgate side entrance to George V Park. Sadly, the tide has now swept it away.

Karen Cox Lifeboat Press Officer, Tel. 07779848431 Email. coxinthebox63@gmail.com

Paul Dunt RNLI Regional Media Officer London and the South East Tel. 07785296252 Email. paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk

The words, Think Time and tide written in the sands.

RNLI/Karen Cox

The finished message - Think Time and Tide

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