Hot weather sparks surge in demand for coastguard

Having fun on the beach. Credit: Serena Sandhu

Forecasters predict that this could be the driest July for almost sixty years and the warm weather has encouraged many to flock to our region’s beaches.

For our region’s coastguards it’s a busy period, especially with the school summer holidays approaching.

Nationally, HM Coastguard has seen a 23% increase in call outs in the past month. From 15 June to 16 July this year, HM Coastguard dealt with 2,859 incidents. That’s an increase of 668 compared to the same period in 2012.

The Thames Coastguard centre based at Walton-on-the-Naze in Essex says it’s seen a huge increase in callouts since the hot weather.

Jeremy Littlewood, Watch Manager, Thames Coastguard said: “We find once the summer holidays come and with the sun in the last few weeks the increase in callouts has been 100% compared with the spring and the winter and we have a lot more beach jobs.

"In the last few weeks we have dealt with swimmers in difficulty, children missing and boats in difficulty all linked with people in the water. We are looking for people to enjoy their time on the beach and in the six weeks school holiday we are busy every day across the board.”