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Whitby Coastguard Issue Advice About Inflatable Dinghies

Whitby Coastguard Issue Advice About Inflatable Dinghies

Published by Karen Liu at 7:11am 19th August 2019.

Whitby Coastguard have issued advice about inflatable dinghies after they attended a call-out over the weekend.

At around 6.05pm yesterday (Sunday 18th August) the team were called by Humber Coastguard Operations Centre in response to a member of the public reporting concern for a small inflatable dingy at sea below Whitby Abbey.

Upon arrival at the scene, Coastguards searched the area between the East Pier and Saltwick Nab.

Five youths were found to be coming ashore of their own accord at Saltwick Nab with a small inflatable dingy.

The Coastguard say despite the offshore wind, they managed to get back to shore and they confirmed the group were safe and well.

The group stated they had not been in any difficulty and members of the Coastguard team gave them some safety advice. 

Whitby Coastguard said:

"On this occasion all has ended well, however, we strongly recommend that blow up boats are not used in an offshore wind – that is when the wind blows from the land out to sea – because they can quickly be swept out to sea.

Go to a lifeguarded beach if possible and heed the lifeguards’ advice.

If people do find themselves being swept out to sea, our advice is to stay with the boat and shout for help, waving arms if possible.

Do not attempt to swim for shore if out of depth. Ideally make sure that someone ashore is keeping an eye on you.

If you suspect someone is in trouble, knowing which service to call and doing so early saves lives.

We would always rather be called out to check that all is well.

Remember if you or someone you see is in trouble on the sea, shore or cliffs around our coastline call 999 ask for the coastguard."


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