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The ultimate guide to safety on the beach

Beach time should be a happy affair, with ice-creams, windbreaks, and rock-pools galore. But every year in the UK alone more than 7,000 people end up calling out the RNLI when they get into trouble at sea.

Rip tides are the main threat, scooping out the unwary barely knee-deep in water. Tides catch more, sweeping into caves and marooning bathers in coves. Lightning strikes also cause trouble and in many parts of the world you also have to watch out for sharks.

Keep yourself safe this summer with this live-saving infographic that brings statistics from around the world to show what to look out for – and what to do if you find yourself in trouble.

Beach safety infographic
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