The Maritime and Coastguard Agency will go on strike at 7pm this evening until Sunday

Staff at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) will walk out at 7pm this evening over an ongoing pay dispute.

During the 48-hour strike boaters are advised to follow the routine safety procedures that they should follow every day, including getting an up to date marine weather forecast before setting off, equipping the boat with flares, a torch, warm clothing and a fixed or handheld radio and ensuring everyone on board is wearing a lifejacket.

The MCA says that although the service will be more limited during the strike, safety will not be compromised as the strike action is by those responsible for co-ordinating the rescue and rescuers themselves will continue to operate as normal.

MCA chief executive, Peter Cardy said, “Plans are in place to provide cover but I’m encouraging everybody working or playing on the sea or on the beach this weekend to take that bit of extra care.”

The MCS has maritime safety information on its website.