Councillor open for ideas on beach safety

Councillor Ian Tait.
Councillor Ian Tait.

Local councillor Ian Tait has called for suggestions on how to improve safety at Fraserburgh’s beach following a dramatic rescue involving children earlier this month.

The Fraserburgh and district councillor recalled when the Fraserburgh Lifeboat had rescued two children who had fallen into difficulty on July 9.

“It appears that the tide was turning and was so strong that, though some managed to scramble back to the shore, two in particular were in great danger,” he said.

“A parent has approached me to see what can be done to take every step to prevent this potential life-threatening situation arising again,” he told us.

At Fraserburgh’s beach, there are already signs warning of the dangers posed by swimming in the sea, both at the caravan site and at the esplanade and beach area.

“It’s difficult to know where to stop with signs, and whether any more would help prevent such an incident. A full risk assessment for the beach has been done,” Councillor Tait added, revealing that the Royal National Lifeboat Institution would be advising on the provision of signs and warnings.

Along with this, there are three life-saving equipment stations, each with two throw lines for rescuing those in difficulty.

“I am still concerned, though, because there is some doubt in my mind where to place more signs and whether children will see them and observe them.

“I am, therefore, asking anyone who can provide a possible solution to this to get in touch with me by email on cllr.i.tait@aberdeenshire.gov.uk, and I will see if we can get something concrete done to deal with the situation.”