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Windsurfers fined for travelling 125 miles to Gwynedd from West Midlands during coronavirus lockdown

Credit: North Wales Police

Two windsurfers who travelled over 125 miles to Gwynedd from the West Midlands have been fined for non-essential travel during the coronavirus lockdown.

North Wales Police said the pair went to Black Rock Sands in Porthmadog to head out into the sea when people are being told to only travel for essential reasons due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The force said that if they had got into difficulty in the water, they could have tied up valuable resources.

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Today two males from the West Mids area were reported by concerned members of the public who spotted them wind surfing at Black Rock Sands, Porthmadog.

They were issued with penalty notices and advised to return home immediately.

Their trip was not essential, and apart from the risks posed by travelling around the country potentially spreading virus anywhere they stopped, they could have tied up valuable resources had they had an accident or got into difficulty at sea, risking RNLI, ambulance and diverting essential NHS resources. Stay home to save lives.

– North Wales Police spokesperson

Police have been urging tourists to keep away from North Wales as they try to enforce social distancing measures brought in to tackle the coronavirus outbreak.