Coastguard kept busy over the weekend

It’s been handy this lockdown easing. If nothing else, it has kept the Coastguard busy!

 

Bude Coastguard wrote on their Facebook page:

 

For at least the next two weekends, Bude Coastguard Rescue Team will be operating safety patrols in known coastal incident hotspots in the local area, maintaining a consistent, enhanced level of readiness should we be called upon.

We will also be providing safety advice to members of the public who request it, or to those seen to be putting themselves at unnecessary levels of risk.

Although sea swimming, surfing and other sea-based watersports are permitted, please be aware that there is no lifeguard cover on any local beaches, and patrolling Coastguard Rescue Teams should not be regarded as a substitute for such. Please follow all the recommended safety advice before entering the water, and dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard in an emergency.

If you encounter our team whilst we’re on patrol, please do feel free to approach us (social distance allowing 😊) for any advice, or to just find out a little more about what we do.

Meanwhile, from the national  HM Coastguard blog:

 

Coastguards were called to nearly 200 incidents over the weekend, to come to the aid of those who found themselves in difficulty in the sea or at the coast.

 

Coastguard rescue teams from around the UK were called out 194 times to incidents including inflatables drifting offshore, crashed and broken down jet skis and pleasure boats, people injured while out walking or cycling along the coast, paddleboarders, kayakers, windsurfers and kite surfers who found themselves in difficulty and people cut off by the tide or stuck in the mud.

 

There were 84 callouts on Saturday (16 May) and a further 109 on Sunday (17 May), which proved to be the second busiest day of the year so far for the coastguard, as significant numbers of people took to the water and visited the coast.

 

In addition, 119 teams carried out proactive patrols of English beaches, cliffs and marinas to look out for anyone in trouble,  offer safety advice where needed and ensure that people are staying safe in the water after the relaxing of some Government guidelines in the country.

 

The teams also assisted in providing mutual aid on 38 occasions in support of the other emergency services.

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