Stay safe on Boxing Day dips

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Northumberland County Council and Blyth Lifeguards and Swimming club have joined forces to ensure a safe festive period for swimmers.

They want to make everyone aware of the potential dangers of “ad hoc” charity sea dips over the Christmas and New year period.

Many seaside locations, both in Northumberland and beyond, have organised events every year that are well-run, supervised and safe.

However, without proper provision for lifeguards and first aid, organisers could find themselves facing prosecution if there are any untoward incidents, or at the very least their group being prevented from going into the sea.

The county council in conjunction with Blyth Lifeguards and Swimming club have now organised a safe time to dip for any interested group, club or party, or anyone who just wants to join in.

The event will be held Blyth beach on Boxing Day morning between 10am and 11 am and give people the chance to plunge into the sea under the safe supervision of the lifeguards and medics. However extreme sea and weather conditions may mean the dip is postponed.

All groups and individuals will be welcome to come along free of charge, although donations can be made to the Lifeguards club. There will be refreshments and changing facilities available on the day.

Anyone organising a charity dip who wants to come along to Blyth, can contact Parks and Green Spaces Officer Arthur Cranson on 01670 797323 for information and registration.