On Monday (16th September) HM Coastguard Margate were tasked by the UK Coastguard along with RNLI Margate Inshore Lifeboat to reports of a person in the water by the Lido, Cliftonville. Arriving on scene Coastguard officers spotted an object in the water and once the lifeboat arrived it was quickly established that the object was an inflatable balloon possibly accompanied by a seal.
The balloon was removed from the water and taken back to the lifeboat, boat house.
The Deputy Station Officer for Margate Coastguard said “we cannot stress enough how bad these can be when they make it into the environment! Not only are they a danger to local wildlife but they can also cause issues for the emergency services. We will always attend reports of people in trouble but this could distract us from potential real life rescues. Please enjoy them but please do not let them off by the sea. Dispose of them sensibly when you have finished with them”.
On Saturday morning I found myself over at Joss Bay, helping out with the Broadstairs Town Team beach clean. Although, the sun was out and beautiful blue skies were shaping up nicely, the very harsh and bitterly cold wind, which had been widely forecast was blowing across Joss Bay. Joss Bay is arguably one of Thanet’s finest beaches, home to the fantastic Surf School and very popular during the Summer months. Broadstairs Town Team, similar to a growing number of commmunity groups, carry out awesome work, helping to improve the local environment making it a better place to live, work and visit. If you haven’t already have a quick look at what they are up to.
Beach cleans – what happens?
Just incase you haven’t ventured out onto a beach clean before. They comprise of a short health and safety briefing, issue of kit essential to the task eg bags, rubbish grabber, gloves, high viz jacket and then it’s down to you to crack on.
What we found
Any old tyres?
Surprisingly, despite the beach and car park looking pretty clean (so, we thought), the above illustrates the amount of rubbish etc that we managed to collect, including the old tyre and plenty of old rope. Incase you weren’t aware of how long a plastic bag takes to degrade here is an interesting link.
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