Man dies after being swept into sea

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Published: Monday 23rd February 2015 by The News Editor

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A man died after being swept into the sea during gale force winds.

The man, aged in his thirties, was walking with his dog and a friend when they were washed into the water yesterday evening in South Shore, Scarborough, North Yorkshire.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said weather conditions were poor with rough seas, gale-force winds and a high tide.

The man’s friend was treated for the effects of the cold and shock but has been discharged from hospital.

Stormy weather conditions are set to continue, with sn ow showers and high winds meaning a wintry start to the working week for many northern parts of the UK.

A weather warning has been issued for Northern Ireland, Scotland and North-West England, with blizzards expected to bring more treacherous road conditions on higher level routes.

The Met Office said the wintry weather will last well into Tuesday and could see snow accumulations up to 10cm at altitudes higher than 150m and up to 3cm on lower parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

In northern England, the snow looks likely to accumulate only on the Pennines and other mountain areas.

Met Office forecaster Chris Page said: “It doesn’t necessarily mean that every single place within the warning zone will see snow.

“The nature of the showers is that it’s a hit-and-miss scenario.”

The fresh Met Office warning comes after a weekend of snowy showers in many parts of the country.

The Lake District and Peak District saw substantial falls yesterday and parts of south-east England woke up to snow showers on Saturday morning.

Many high levels routes were closed and police reported a series of accidents.

In the Lake District, motorists got into difficulties in the white-out conditions on higher routes yesterday.

Cumbria Police’s road traffic unit tweeted: “Kirkstone Pass and The Struggle CLOSED. Several vehicles stranded & RTCs (road traffic collisions). Treacherous conditions. Please DO NOT go there.”

The latest yellow “b e aware” warning runs from just after midnight to 3pm on Tuesday.

The Met Office said: ” The public should be aware of the risk of disruption to travel and for hazardous driving conditions at times.”

It said the threat posed by the snow will be exacerbated by icy road conditions and high winds, with gusts predicted up to 60mph.

Warnings have also been issued by the Environment Agency as exceptionally high tides combined with the windy conditions continue to threaten some coastal areas.

Last night, there were 18 flood warnings and more than 70 flood alerts in place across England and Wales, most covering western coastal areas.

Published: Monday 23rd February 2015 by The News Editor

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