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Coastguard braces for 'significant numbers' to visit coast this weekend

Coastguard braces for 'significant numbers' to visit coast this weekend

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 10:00am 16th May 2020.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is urging everyone to take extra care as 'significant numbers' are expected to take to the water this weekend, in places like Cornwall.

Boating, swimming and other sea-based activities are now allowed again, under the new government's lockdown guidelines.

But coastguard teams are warning that now more than ever people need to respect the coastline. 

As part of our unlimited daily exercise allowance, things like paddle boarding, surfing, windsurfing, rowing, kayaking and canoeing are also permitted. Sailing and owners of private boats may also go out onto the water. 

But while people are allowed to go out on and in the water, they need to make sure they are safe and protected.

Those with private boats and yachts should carry out all the usual safety checks and make sure they have a way to contact HM Coastguard if they get into difficulty, as should everyone visiting the coast and beaches. 

coastguard helicopter

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

"In England, now more than ever, people need to respect the sea and the coast. Whether you’re local or not, whatever your ability or experience in your chosen sport or leisure activity, the sea can still catch you out and be unmerciful when it does.’ 

"The majority of beaches will not be lifeguarded. If you get into trouble call 999 and ask for the Coastguard and we will come to your aid.

"But coronavirus hasn’t gone away and we all need to follow the rules.

"Remember your choices might put people, including yourself and frontline responders, at risk. Take extra care in these extraordinary times."

Claire Hughes, director of HM Coastguard  

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