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RNLI Issues Safety Advice on Yorkshire Coast

RNLI Issues Safety Advice on Yorkshire Coast

Published by Jon Burke at 6:31am 15th May 2020. (Updated at 7:22am 16th May 2020)

'Please be careful when you're out near the sea on the Yorkshire coast' is the message from the RNLI.

It's as rules on exercise have been relaxed, bringing concerns about the safety of people out exercising, as well as that of emergency services who have to rescue anyone who gets into difficulty.

Going to rescues means they can't practice social distancing.

The charity's Regional Water Safety Lead for North and East Yorkshire, Nick Ayers, said:

"All of the emergency services, whether it's the lifeboat, Coastguard, ambulance - you're putting the lives of the rescuers in jeopardy.

As soon as the pager goes off, they all turn up to the Lifeboat Station, they have to get changed in the same crew room, they're then in the wheelhouse of the lifeboat in very close contact with each other and then, obviously, with the casualty themselves."

Beaches also have no lifeguards yet and it's not been decided which ones will get them.

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

Here is the advice from the RNLI. for those using the coast:

  • Take care near cliffs - know your route and your limitations
  • Check the weather forecast and tide times
  • 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 any coastal emergency dial 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard




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