Warning After Swimmer Rescued from the Sea at Clacton
An urgent warning over the dangers of swimming in the sea after drinking alcohol has been issued after a man was rescued off the beach at Clacton.
The visitor was with a coach party from London who were on the town’s West Beach at around 5pm on Sunday (July 8).
Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Beach Patrol team kept a careful watch on the group who then decided to go into the sea.
One of the men, believed to be in his 40’s, got into trouble and began to signal for help.
Senior Seafront Officer Jon Shipman swam out after him and the beach patrol boat was also launched to assist if required.
Mr Shipman managed to reach the man who was out of his depth and safely got him ashore. He did not need any medical treatment and went back to catch his coach with the rest of the party.
“We saw the party arrive quite late in the day and they went into the sea partially clothed,” said Mr Shipman.
“It wasn’t long before one of the got himself into difficulty and was waving for help. We went out and got him back to shore.
“Once back at the boathouse it was obvious he had been drinking alcohol and should not have been messing about in the water for his own safety.
“Alcohol and swimming certainly do not mix and it could have led to much more serious consequences.”
Stephen Mayzes, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Tourism and Community Life, praised the Beach Patrol team for their efforts.
“We want our visitors to come down enjoy our golden beaches and return home safely afterwards,” he said.
“This person not only put his own life at risk but also those of the team who were involved with rescuing him.
“The message is clear – people need to act responsibly when at the seaside and particularly when drinking alcohol.”