Emergency services / Coastguard warns that ‘no photo is worth your life’

Photo: Shetland Coastguard

THE LOCAL coastguard has reminded people to stay away from cliff edges when looking to take the “perfect photo”.

It said in a post on social media that “no photo is worth your life”.

It comes after the RSPB also reminded people this week not to climb over the walls at Sumburgh Head to take photos of puffins.

The coastguard’s warning is for people out walking along Shetland’s coast.

“The cliffs along the UK coastline are continually eroding and cliff falls can happen at any moment,” it said.

The coastguard reminded people to stay away from cliff edges, and not to risk their safety to take a photo.

It also advised people to keep their dog on a lead, stick to signposted coastal paths, take note of local warning signs and make sure they are back before dark.

“We all want to capture memories and a selfie is often a great way of doing so, but make sure the memories you make aren’t for the wrong reason,” the coastguard added.


The coastguard be contacted on 999 in case of an emergency.

Meanwhile, the Aith lifeboat and the Sumburgh based search and rescue helicopter were tasked on Wednesday morning to help a crew member on board the 13 metre yacht Odyssey 10 miles north west of Fethaland.

The helicopter airlifted the crew member in need of medical attention to the Tingwall airstrip for onwards transfer to the Gilbert Bain Hospital.

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