Letter: Dinghy danger to children

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The Independent Online
Sir: Deborah Jackson's article ("More lessons and lifeguards", August 24) about the dangers to children at British seaside resorts was timely, but omitted to mention what has become the most common of such perils.

For many years now, small inflatable dinghies, used at the water's edge, have posed the greatest potential danger to children. Skegness inshore lifeboat is frequently called out several times a day to retrieve children drifting out to sea in their little rubber boats. They can provide lots of fun in sand-bound creeks but should not really be used on the open sea, and then only with a line held by a parent.

WINSTON KIME

Skegness, Lincolnshire

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