Emergency services warn children amid health and safety fears
Emergency services are warning children of the dangers of digging holes in the sand, amid health and safety fears.
Children are being urged not to carry on with the popular seaside past-time, as emergency services are fearful that a child/children, could fall into the hole, get trapped in it, or potentially suffocate under a pile of sand if the hole caves in.
People have been advised to dig only shallow holes and not to build tunnels under the sand, something that can lead to “very serious consequences.”
A coastguard in Somerset has held a training day this week, which was attended by beach rangers, police and paramedics. The purpose of the training day was to practise for when a person or persons, get trapped in the sand.
The training day took place on Weston-Super-Mare beach and during the drill, the group practised using a dummy, which they had to free from a big hole in the sand.
Jon Kendray, Coastguard Operations Officer said: “Digging holes in the sand can have very serious consequences. Children should be supervised by an adult at all times and any shallow holes should be filled in afterwards.”
During April 2015, in North Somerset, a huge rescue operation took place, to help save fifteen treasure hunters who had got stuck in the mud as the tide was coming in. Two helicopters, a lifeboat, coastguard teams and a fire service hovercraft were involved in the rescue.
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