For many people in the North East, taking a dip in the sea has become something of a tradition on Boxing Day and New Year's day, but a local rescue team is suggesting people who plan to take part in Whitley Bay, give this year a miss.
Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade is advising that people don't take the plunge this year, saying that safety precautions that have been put in place for previous events, are not organised for the New year's day dip taking place tomorrow.
On their website the brigade said:
The volunteer rescue team were keen to make clear that in offering their advice, they are not saying that going into the sea is a dangerous act.
They added that their rescue crews actively encourage people to explore and enjoy the North East coastline – but in a safe and responsible manner.
The brigade will have a safety patrol in the area at the time when the dip traditionally takes place, however crews will not be on the beach, meaning they are not able to provide safety cover in the form of lifeguards and safety boats.
They say that is due to a shortage of people.