Dangerous weather a threat to beach users

Matthew Sparkes Beach users are being warned not to use inflatable toys as unusual weather today and tomorrow threatens to blow people out to sea.The Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre Yarmouth has issued an alert due to strong winds.

Matthew Sparkes

Beach users are being warned not to use inflatable toys as unusual weather today and tomorrow threatens to blow people out to sea.

The Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre Yarmouth has issued an alert due to strong winds.

“Winds for today and tomorrow are forecast to be blowing from the shore and out to sea very strongly from the Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, Coasts,” said Yarmouth Coastguard watch manager Mario Siano

“These conditions will present extreme dangers to users of small inflatable toy dinghies and similar inflated devices such as airbeds and rubber rings.

“These and their occupants will be quickly caught by the wind and swept out to sea into deeper, colder and rougher water, where they are likely to overturn.

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“The occupant will then be disorientated and in extreme danger of drowning before emergency services can arrive,” he said.

Anyone who sees a person in distress should call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.