Conwy’s beaches and seaside are beautiful places to spend time, especially in the summer, but Conwy’s Harbour Master is reminding people to be sea safe and avoid the dangers.
“We’ve seen children jumping off the sea wall by Porth Eirias in Colwyn Bay. This is really dangerous because the water is very shallow,” says Harbour Master Matthew Forbes.
“We also have to warn people not to swim in the harbour at Conwy. The currents here run up to 6 miles an hour and there are obstructions under the water, such as ropes and chains, that can snag your feet. Boats are moving through the harbour all the time and they may not spot you in the water.”
The Harbour Master recommends that you should always check an area for warning signs before diving in or even walking out too far.
“Sand banks at places like Llandudno West Shore and Llanfairfechan get rapidly submerged by the incoming tide. What seems like a pleasant stroll on the beach can quickly turn into a rescue situation.”
He also advises swimmers and paddlers to be aware of other people enjoying the water, particularly on jet skis and boats. Jet skis in Conwy county are limited to launching from Beacons slipway at Conwy and Porth Eirias slipway at Colwyn Bay. Swimmers should always use the area of Porth Eirias beach where jet skis are prohibited.
“We want everyone to enjoy the seaside safely and be respectful of each other. We’re reminding parents to keep an eye on their kids and know where they are at all times - please keep your children safe.”