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Spike In Number Of Cliff Falls Along Yorkshire Coast

Spike In Number Of Cliff Falls Along Yorkshire Coast

Published by Karen Liu at 6:58am 3rd June 2020. (Updated at 7:01am 3rd June 2020)

There has been a spike in the number of people falling from cliffs along the Yorkshire Coast.

That is from the Coastguard, who say it was an incredibly busy weekend for them.

Members attended 42 incidents spread between Whitby to Bridlington with most of them being serious. 

Ryan Douglas, Senior Coastal Operations Officer for North Yorkshire, said:

"As a Coastguard, we're one of the emergency services where we'll turn up to any incident but it puts our crews at risk.

So we struggle to social distance when we're carrying out a rescue in times it's not possible, where we can we will, but if people can avoid getting themselves into difficulty, which you can't always do."

There have been reports of people being seen having barbecues on cliff edges in places like Flamborough as the beach is busy with visitors and residents.

Ryan added:

"If you do a see a beach is too busy and you can't socially distance, unfortunately perhaps think about doing something else.

Don't go to those more dangerous parts of the coast. Certainly over the weekend, we had Coastguard patrols out and we've found people camping on cliff edges having barbecues. 

We'd really discourage that because you can really get yourself into danger, especially if you fall off a cliff."

Ryan has been speaking to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Karen Liu:

Anyone planning a visit to the coast should remember and follow this safety advice from the Coastguard and the RNLI:

  • Have a plan - check the weather forecast, tide times and read local hazard signage
  • Keep a close eye on your family – on the beach and in the water
  • Don’t allow your family to swim alone
  • Don’t use inflatables
  • 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 an emergency dial 999, and ask for the Coastguard


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