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Yorkshire Coast Surfers Asked to Stay Out of Sea

Yorkshire Coast Surfers Asked to Stay Out of Sea

Published by Jon Burke at 6:31am 17th April 2020.

'Don't go into the sea' - is the message to everyone on the Yorkshire coast.

It comes from the RNLI, which says it's still going to rescues, involving boaters, surfers and others.

The charity says this is compromising the safety of its own crew and emergency services.

RNLI Water Safety Lead for the North and East, Nick Ayers, said:

"The RNLI is urging everyone to follow Government instructions, which are clear: stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.

While people are allowed out for daily exercise, we do not recommend that this exercise is on or in the sea. Our charity’s lifeboat service is still available but every time a lifeboat crew is called to an incident, it puts additional pressure on RNLI volunteers and other front line emergency services as well as potentially exposing them to COVID-19.

While you could be fully competent, by going out on the water you could encourage others who are less proficient to take part in similar activities."

Nick's been talking to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Jon Burke..




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