Coastguard Agency’s winter safety drive

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency, in conjunction with the RNLI, has launched its Winter Coastal Safety Campaign.

Saturday, 19th December 2020, 11:45 am
The HM Coastguard Winter Coastal Safety Campaign is run in partnership with the RNLI. Photo by Paul Atkinson.(pa1745-12x)

The campaign is reminding people that the coast and sea can be incredibly dangerous places – from rough winter seas to changing tides and unstable and eroding clifftop edges.

The initiative is also offering some common sense advice on how to stay safe along the east coast at this time of year.

Claire Hughes, director of HM Coastguard, said: “We are prepared and ready, as always, to deal with all emergency situations. But please take note of our safety advice and don’t take risks, be responsible for your actions and follow the Government’s Covid-19 guidance.”

A campaign spokesman said: “If the worst happens at the coast, we’ll always be there – ready and waiting to respond.

“Just dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

“But we really need you to do your bit so please take note of our safety advice and follow government guidance.

“Add a ‘coastal safety check list’ to your list and you’ll be primed for action.

“Before you set-off, make sure you’re wearing appropriate footwear and carrying a fully-charged mobile phone so that you have a means of contacting family, friends or dialling 999 and asking for the coastguard, in a coastal emergency.

“Always let people know when you’ll be back home too and don’t be tempted to take a risky photo by a cliff edge or large waves for social media, it could be the last moment you ever capture.

“Get familiar with the area you’re visiting by reading local safety information, warnings and advice, and also check tide timings online before you go so that you don’t get caught out.

“Open spaces are ideal for dog walking but please keep your furry friends on a lead and if your pet does get into danger, do not attempt to self-rescue your animal or enter the water after your pet.

“Call 999 Coastguard and ask for our assistance.”