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Safety Warning From RNLI on Yorkshire Coast

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Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 11:36am 22nd August 2016.

The RNLI on the Yorkshire coast is urging people to respect the water after a deadly weekend on British beaches.

Six people including a six-year-old boy and his mother died in a series of tragedies to hit the nation's coasts as unseasonably stormy weather blew in.

More warm weather is expected this week.

The charity's advice includes not taking risks, making sure you have a phone with you in case you get in trouble and always swimming on a beach with lifeguards between the red and yellow flags..

Scarborough Lifeguard, Gareth Oxley, said:

"Eighteen months ago, a local man, Andrew McGeown drowned on the South Bay trying to rescue his dog in dangerous seas, cold water and big waves. It was the weather and the sea state and, like most people who do drown in the UK, he never intended to go into the water in the first place.

" Always be aware of the dangers, know your limits and don't take unnecessary risks. Always go with a friend or an adult, ensure you have the means of calling for help - for example with a mobile phone or a VHF radio and if you are going into the water, always swim on a lifeguarded beach between the red and yellow flags".

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