A RNLI crew is urging everyone to take extra care if you are visiting the coast this half-term.

Harwich Lifeboat Station has taken to social media to ask the public to follow the latest Government advice in the area during the school break.

A post on the station's Facebook page said: "If you’re at or able to get to the coast, please act responsibly, and remember to check the weather forecast, tide times, read local hazard signage and let someone know when you are going and intend to be back."

It also advised people to "keep a close eye" on their family and keep dogs on a lead near the edge of cliffs.

If walking or running, volunteers have advised that coastal paths and piers may be slippery.

It added: "If you fall into the water unexpectedly, float to live. Fight your instinct to thrash around, lean back, extend your arms and legs, and float."

In an emergency dial 999, and ask for the Coastguard.