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'Very Busy Weekend' For HM Coastguard In Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

'Very Busy Weekend' For HM Coastguard In Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Published by Karen Liu at 7:43am 2nd June 2020.

HM Coastguard along the Yorkshire Coast has thanked its volunteer rescue officers as it had what they say was a 'very busy weekend'. 

The agency says since Friday (29th May) in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, it responded to 82 incidents.

It dealt with missing people and children, searches, cliff rope rescues, dealing with ordnance and more. 

It is asking everyone to take care when visiting the coast, avoid busy locations to keep to the guidance on social distancing.

The Coastguard is re-iterating that only Scarborough's South Bay has lifeguards on its beach at the moment.

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Meanwhile nationally, HM Coastguard responded to 447 incidents over the weekend to help people who found themselves in difficulty making it the busiest of 2020 to date.

Sunday (31st May) saw a 168% increase on the May 2019 average with 241 incidents making it the busiest day of the year so far and Saturday (30th) was the second busiest day of the year with 206 incidents.

HM Coastguard Duty Commander Matt Leat said:

“Very high numbers of people took to the beaches, coast and sea this weekend which led to a huge increase in the number of incidents.

Boating, swimming and other sea-based activities are now allowed again across the UK, as is spending time on the beach.

However, now more than ever, people need to respect the sea and the coast to ensure the safety of themselves and their families.

Regardless of how well you know the coast, or how experienced you are in your chosen sport, the sea can still catch you out.

If you are visiting the beach with your children, have fun but stay safe. Make sure you have sight of your children at all times.

In addition, the Government guidelines around social distancing should continue to be observed by everyone in the UK.”

If you get into trouble at sea or on the coast call 999 and ask for the Coastguard and they will come to your aid. But the agency says coronavirus hasn’t gone away and everyone needs to follow the rules.

It says your choices might put people, including yourself and frontline responders, at risk, and to take extra care in these times.

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