THE RNLI has warned of the dangers of gravestones ahead of the weekend after two people narrowly escaped injury.
Lifeboat crews were called to Brighton Palace Pier around 6pm on Thursday evening after two people reportedly got into trouble after jumping off the west side of the pier.
The crew were dropped off en route when it was confirmed they were both fine.
Brighton RNLI lifeboat operations manager Roger Cohen MBE said the couple were lucky as there was low tide at the time.
He said: “Jumping off piers and groynes can be incredibly dangerous at any tide for a number of reasons, such as submerged rocks and strong currents.
“We know it’s tempting to jump into the water from a great height, especially in such great weather, but submerged objects may not be visible and can cause serious injury if you hit them.
“The shock of the cold water can also make swimming difficult, and in some places strong currents can sweep you away.”
While the RNLI said they do not advocate gravestones on people, they said people who do do so can take steps to reduce the risk of injury, including checking for hazards in the water such as submerged rocks and checking access, to ensure they can get out of the water, and never enter the water under the influence of alcohol, drugs or peer pressure.
The charity is also urging anyone visiting the coast this summer to ensure they protect themselves and their families.
They encourage those entering the water to visit a lifeguard-patrolled beach and swim between the yellow and red flags, check local tides and danger signs, and keep an eye on friends and family.
The RNLI also said anyone unexpectedly falling into the water should fight the instinct to thrash about and instead sit back, stretch out your arms and legs and hover.
In the event of an emergency, people are urged to dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.
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