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  • All vessels have to abide by the International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea (IRPCS). These rules state that all vessels have a duty to maintain a safe speed and look out to avoid collision. The surfers present an avoidable danger if seen early enough by the skippers. The crab boats generally make their run into the beach from at least a few hundred yards from the beach; most surfers spend their time in the water looking out to sea for the wave sets. The crab boat skippers face a difficult task in beach landing during any significant swell and suddenly finding a surfer in close proximity inthe water is not a scenario any of them would relish. The surfers can easily make way for the boats, for the few minutes, whilst they land before then resuming their position. I have not only surfed from the beach at Cromer but have organised a surf competition at this very spot and have never had a problem like this. I think that NNDC's signs are overkill and that common sense and simple safe water use are all that is really required. I am sure that the surfers would not like to cause a crab boat to broach as it approaches the beach, nor would a skipper like to have a surfer maimed by their propellor.

    Duncan AA

    Monday, July 18, 2011

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