Divers urged to stay home and save lives during Coronavirus crisis

The MCA says divers need to remember is that if they get into difficulty, and the Coastguard is called that creates a greater degree of risk for them and their service

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Divers are being warned to heed Government advice to stay at home this Easter and not to go out diving over the break. The Government has been clear that during the Coronavirus pandemic, everyone needs to #StayHomeSaveLives.

 While the Easter break might normally be the signal for everyone to get away, this weekend everyone from sailors to tourists is being told to stay close to home for their exercise – and that includes divers.

 HM Coastguard continues working hard to keep you safe at sea and at the coast during the Covid-19 lockdown but you can help us to keep you safe by only leaving your home when absolutely necessary.

Assistant Director of Coastal Operations for HM Coastguard Pete Mizen said:

“Leisure diving is not essential. What divers need to remember is that if they get into difficulty, and the Coastguard is called that creates a greater degree of risk for us and our service. Every 999 call made could put our frontline responders at risk of Covid-19.

 “It would also put avoidable strain on the NHS services at a time when it could least afford it. We’ve been told that decompression chambers are currently running at reduced levels during this challenging time. You might think nothing will go wrong while you’re out but there is no guarantee that it won’t.”


Government Covid-19 guidance: Stay alert and stay safe
Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently (video tips).

Social distancing
It is recommended that you maintain at least a two metre gap (about 6.5ft) from people who are not from your household.

Seeking advice
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service that can tell if you need medical help and advise you what to do.

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Thursday, 9th April, 2020 11:40am

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2 Comments on "Divers urged to stay home and save lives during Coronavirus crisis"

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temperance

Is cycling not more dangerous?

bigj

Cycling side by side is inconsiderate and dangerous at any time.
Observing the 2 metres apart rule, then cycling should not be an issue if cycling in single file.
Government advice is to stay healthy, within the boundaries that have been set.