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RNLI urging for safety around waters during lockdown

The RNLI is urging Manx residents to stay safe around the Island's coasts during lockdown.

The charity is issuing advice amid concerns about any additional pressures being placed on volunteer crews in Ramsey, Peel, Port St Mary, Douglas and Port Erin.

Among the guidance being given, the RNLI is asking people to take care if walking near cliffs and keep dogs on a lead; if going afloat always wear a lifejacket and carry a means of calling for help; keep a fully-charged phone on you and check tide times each day.

RNLI Water Safety Lead for the Isle of Man, Chris Cousens, says: "We would encourage everyone to follow the latest government guidelines on what they are able to do and where they are able to go during lockdown, but for anyone visiting a coastal area please understand the risks to be as safe as possible and not put unnecessary strain on front line services.

"In particular at this time of year, we ask people to stay well back from stormy, wintery seas and cliff edges, check tide times before you go, take a phone with you, and call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard if you or someone else is in trouble."

The RNLI and HM Coastguard last month launched a winter coastal safety campaign to highlight the dangers of stormy seas, changing tides and cliffs at this time of year.

Personnel will be available 24/7 if required during the three-week circuit breaker, and in an emergency people are reminded to call either 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.
 

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