An important message for visitors to Cromer from the RNLI Cromer Lifeboat Station
As we approach the first weekend since changes to government advice on travel and exercise in the UK, RNLI Cromer Lifeboat Station is issuing safety advice to those who might be planning to visit the north Norfolk coast.
Nobody would choose to put themselves at risk but sometimes, lack of awareness of local risks or of their own capabilities can lead visitors to a situation where they need help from the emergency services and others.
The RNLI’s aim is to maintain an effective lifesaving service throughout the Covid 19 pandemic but it must be acknowledged that any call on our services will cause our crew to take extra risks because they may not be able to maintain safe distancing while trying to save a life or offer assistance to a casualty.
We therefore want to take all possible steps to ensure that the public are aware of the risks to themselves and to others and are also aware of the ways to keep safe around our shores.
As the “lockdown” is eased, many will be keen to drive to the coast to exercise more freely. This increased activity will bring an increase in the possibility of something unexpectedly going wrong.
At present there are no RNLI lifeguards on beaches and although our volunteer lifeboat crews are fully operational, should they be needed, it is important that anyone visiting the coast understands the risk and takes the necessary steps to keep themselves safe. This will also help to reduce the demands placed on our lifeboat crews and other emergency services including HM Coastguard. In this way we can all work together to succeed in ensuring the coast is a safe place to visit.
Our message to anyone who may choose to come to the north Norfolk coast this weekend is to follow RNLI safety advice:
• Please be vigilant and aware, take extra care to stay safe, not just for your own safety but also for the safety of our lifeboat crews.
• Take care near cliffs - know your route and your limitations
• Have a plan - check the weather forecast and tide times
• If you fall into the water unexpectedly, FLOAT TO LIVE. Fight your instinct tothrash around, lean back, extend your arms and legs, and FLOAT
• In any coastal emergency dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.
The crews of the Cromer lifeboats thank you for helping them to keep everyone safe.
Stay Alert/ Control the Virus / Save Lives & Remain Safe Around Our Coastline.