Take care around Island's coastline

By a County Press reporter

Monday, July 21, 2014


BEACH-GOERS and boat users on the Isle of Wight have been urged to take extra care as the hot weather continues.

Martin Groom, of Bembridge Coastguard station officer, said it had been one of the team’s busiest weekends for years, with seven call outs.

On Friday they assisted the ambulance service to help a woman with a back injury at Appley, followed by a call to help with a broken down speedboat off Seaview. They also assisted two children in difficulty in East Cowes, before being involved in the operation following the Wightlink deck collapse.

The following day they responded to concerns for a jet-skier, a search for a missing girl in Ryde — who was found — and assisted after a man dislocated both shoulders using an inflatable doughnut ring at Priory Bay.

Mr Groom said: "We want everyone to enjoy the Island’s sea and beaches at this time of year, but ask parents to keep a close eye on where their children are, as they can easily become separated on a busy beach, while playing.

"Also boat owners are asked to make sure all their equipment is in good working order and to always carry life jackets, an anchor and either a VHF radio, or at least a charged mobile phone when they go afloat, and let someone on shore know their plans and what time they expect to be back."

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