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'More warning signs needed' to stop wave dodgers

3rd September 2010 | Warning Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander.

Warning signs in a coastal town need to be expanded and improved after a spate of 'wave dodgers' risking their lives.

According to the Whitby Gazette, youngsters in the scenic town are "dicing with death" by playing wave dodging games close to the pier. High winds and very strong waves are concerning safety officials.

Five days ago a 17-year-old man was swept out to sea and tragically later died. But this has not stopped others undertaking the dangerous pursuit – locals have seen youngsters dodging extreme waves since the incident.

Now residents are calling for the installation of more warning signs to alert people to the very real dangers of the sea.

A boat-owner, who has himself seen young people risking their lives, said there is only one warning sign and that is in a state of disrepair.

"There needs to be more signs and there needs to be more regulation," he told the news provider.

"The situation cannot be left as it is, it seriously wants looking at."

A member of Scarborough Borough Council said more health and safety signage will be considered.

Whitby is situated on the Yorkshire coast.


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