Withernsea's search and rescue team withdrawn

Withernsea beach
Image caption Rescue teams in Hornsea and Easington would respond to emergency incidents, the agency said

A search and rescue team serving an East Yorkshire coastal town has been withdrawn from service, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has said.

Withernsea's 10 member search team has been stood down while a management review takes place to resolve "personnel issues".

Coastguards from Hornsea and Easington will attend any emergency incidents.

The agency said public safety would not be put at risk and the withdrawal of the team was a "temporary measure".

Fred Caygill, from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, said the rescue team would be back in operation after the review was completed.

"We have a contingency plan in place to ensure people's safety in Withernsea," he said.

"Should an incident occur in Withernsea requiring attendance of a Coastguard rescue team, flank teams based at Hornsea and Easington will be called."

Mr Caygill admitted it was uncommon for a coastal search and rescue team to be withdrawn.

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