Coastguard urge caution as boating resumes in the West Country

Sailing boats heading out to sea off Falmouth. Credit: ITV News

Harbours, boatyards and marinas are now starting to re-open and re-launch boats after they were forced to close due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

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Falmouth Boatyard now have to launch more than 250 boats, which will take between six and eight weeks.

As Covid-19 remains a threat, extra safety measures are now in place.

Yachts sailing past St Anthony's Lighthouse. Credit: ITV News

The managing director of Plymouth's Mayflower Marina says this pandemic has been tough for the business.

Charles Bush said: "The visiting income and the visiting boats that we rely on so much in the South West, because they’re not allowed to stay overnight there will be very little visiting trade and that usually helps to support the local community as well because the visitor spend is usually quite high. We’re still not quite there but moving in the right direction."

The team at Plymouth's Mayflower Marina and working hard to re-launch boats. Credit: ITV News

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency are urging people to take care and take extra safety precautions before heading out to sea.

Yachts at Plymouth's Mayflower Marina. Credit: ITV News

James Instance and his team are anticipating a significant increase in maritime activity, he's concerned that could lead to an increase in incidents.