Fern Britton praised for issuing warning after family enter dangerous open water

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Fern Britton had to warn a family that it wasn’t safe to swim in the sea, but her caution fell on deaf ears. The author and former This Morning presenter, who lives in Cornwall with her two daughters, said the family ignored her until an off-duty lifeguard came and told them to get out of the unsafe waters.

The 63-year-old opened up while sharing a tweet to raise awareness for water safety along the coastline.

The UK has seen a rise in people taking up open water swimming over the past year, following the closure of swimming pools amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Coast Safe tweet warned people to “stay safe” and check the tides, weather and for rip currents.

“Always #RespectTheWater,” it advised.

Sharing the post with her 81,900 followers, Fern opened up about her experience online.

“Last year I saw a holiday family heading to the water,” she wrote.

“I called over, ‘No lifeguards here and the [red flag] is up.’ The answer, ‘we’ve been coming for years. We’re fine.’

“Off duty lifeguard races down the beach ‘GET OUT of the water NOW’ They did. Phew.”

Many took to the comments section of her post to share their thoughts on the matter.

“It’s a worry, I often think people feel invincible when on holiday, having lived by the sea for all of my life, I know that it is paramount to respect the water. We see it all the time down here,” one social media user wrote.

“People just don’t respect how dangerous the sea can be,” another added sharing a similar sentiment.

“Glad you and the lifeguard were there Fern,” a third person remarked.

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“I live on the Norfolk Coast trippers are always ignoring the signs and get cut off by the tide .. our lifeboat is basically a taxi service to them.. four days on the trot last w/e were called to ‘casualties’ as they like to report .. stupidity more like .. rant over,” another user added.

“Great message Fern & well done on the polite challenge.

“Lifeguards can’t be everywhere this year & with advice to always swim at a lifeguarded beach, if you’re not at one then you need to think hard about entering the water & ensure you understand the environment & conditions,” another reply read.

Yesterday, Fern took to social media to pay tribute to Prince Philip, who died at the age of 99.

She recalled an encounter with the Queen’s husband, who founded the Duke of Edinburgh youth awards in 1956.

“The Duke of Edinburgh was charismatic, handsome & brave. Funny too,” the mum-of-four wrote online.

“I met him at a DofE gold award ceremony,” she said before detailing their exchange.

“I was introduced to him: HRH: Do you have a gold award?

“FB: no sir. My school didn’t take part. I’m a bit long in the tooth now.

“HRH: Haha! You said it! Then walked away.”

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