The roads leading to many beaches in the South West of England were congested and so many people illegally parked on a surf spot in North Devon that police said that traffic officers lacked tickets. penalty.
A police officer said, “Unfortunately, each double yellow line from Woolacombe to Mortehoe [in north Devon] is covered with cars and vans. All violations have been recorded and will be dealt with in due course. “
Due to the coronavirus crisis, there are no RNLI lifeguards on the beaches of the United Kingdom or the Channel Islands. Usually 1,600 lifeguards monitor 248 beaches and the charity makes plans to cover about 70 of its usual spots in mid-summer if government advice allows.
Richard Walden, 55, of Woolacombe, said: “It is incredible the number of thoughtless visitors we have received. Unfortunately, people ignored the warnings, especially those from the RNLI. There was a big, powerful surf today, but no lifeguards. If someone is in trouble, they are alone. “
The surf beaches at Polzeath and Newquay at Cornwall were also very popular. Alliance Roads Policing, the joint Twitter account of the Devon and Cornwall and Dorset highway police, said, “Come on people, let’s have an ounce of consideration for local communities. We appreciate the restrictions [in England] have been relaxed but let’s use common sense, please? “
A combination of good weather, dangerous surfing, a lack of lifeguards and a relaxation of travel restrictions in England is of deep concern to RNLI coast guards for this week and weekend.
Coast Guard rescue teams were called 194 times to the UK alone this past weekend alone, including incidents of inflatable boats drifting offshore, crashed jetskis, and people injured while walking or cycling along the coast. from the coast, paddle-boarders, kayakers, windsurfers and kitesurfers who were in trouble as well as people cut off by the tide.