Family Given Safety Advice After Camping on Cliff Edge, North Yorkshire

 A Family has been given safety advice after they were camping dangerously close to a cliff edge, on the Cleveland Way, North Yorkshire. 

Credit: Alastair Smith  

HM Coastguard received a 999 call from a member of the public just after 13:00 yesterday (27th Feb) when they were concerned after seeing a tent dangerously close to the cliff edge. 

Staithes and Whitby Coastguard Rescue Teams found two adults and a child who pitched their tent near to the 280ft drop. 

North Yorkshire Police were also informed and sent an office due to the possible breach of current COVID-19 restrictions.

The coastguard rescue teams gave safety advice to the family, who appeared to be were unaware of the dangers.

Adam Turner, Senior Coastal Operations Officer for HM Coastguard said, ‘The family were in an extremely perilous position and had no idea of the danger that they were in. Cliff edges are really unstable and can easily collapse as recent landslips have shown.

‘If you live near the coast and are in a position to take your exercise there in line with current COVID-19 restrictions, please take care near cliffs. 

'Keep to paths and stay well back from the cliff edge. Check the weather and tides before you head out, wear appropriate sturdy footwear and take a fully charged mobile phone so if the worst should happen you can call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.’ 

Credit: Alastair Smith

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