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Risks To Visiting Yorkshire Coast Says RNLI

Risks To Visiting Yorkshire Coast Says RNLI

Published by Karen Liu at 6:24am 12th May 2020.

The RNLI on the Yorkshire Coast say they are seeking further clarity following the Government's announcement on easing the Coronavirus lockdown.

The charity says it will be engaging with watersport governing bodies and other stakeholders to help inform its response.

The RNLI has issued this statement:

"Many people will want to visit the coast and participate in water-based activities such as swimming, kayaking, surfing, boating and angling.

At present there are no RNLI lifeguards on beaches and although our volunteer lifeboat crews are fully operational, should they be needed, it is important that anyone visiting the coast understands the risk and takes the necessary steps to keep themselves safe.

This will help reduce the demands placed on lifeboat crews and other emergency services including the coastguard. In this way, we can all work together to succeed in ensuring the coast is a safe place to visit.

We would urge anyone planning a visit to the coast to follow RNLI safety advice:

  • Take care near cliffs - know your route and your limitations.
  • Have a plan - check the weather forecast and tide times.
  • If you fall into the water unexpectedly, observe the RNLI motto: Float to Live. Fight your instinct to thrash around, lean back, extend your arms and legs and float.
  • If individuals are choosing to go sailing or yachting it is important to ensure that equipment is properly checked and serviceable before going afloat.
  • In any coastal emergency, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard."




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zara, on 12th May 2020 8:12am
Why would they follow the RNLI advice now they have not done so in the past! Maybe if they charged/fined people for some of the stupid rescues (stupid for example of letting the dog off the lead on the cliffs!!). It always amazes me how many people/dogs have to be rescued each year. I have a dog and occasionally go up there but pooch is always on a lead and so many are not.

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