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WATCH: Flotilla Of 40 Jet Skis Descend On Beach Doing ‘Doughnuts’ Only Yards Away From Kids

If you grew up relatively close to the sea, then, like me, you too are probably also hooked on watersports. 

If you are not a watersports fan, then you have probably also seen videos on social media of jet skis darting around like AWOL torpedos as their riders skim over the water. 

I am a massive fan of jet skis. I once tried to ride a jet-ski from Shoeburyness (Essex) to Jersey to raise money for the RNLI. 

The trip was all pre-planned, and me and my fellow fundraisers practised for around six months before heading off on our voyage (circa Sept 2002). 

Despite our best efforts, we only made it to Brighton after around 12-hours of non-stop (other than for refuelling) ‘riding’. Our jet-ski ended up sucking up some tow-rope, and thus we were put out of action.

It was exhilarating but knackering! 

But when I saw the Essex Police Marine Unit on Twitter (@EPMarine) share a video of around 14 jet-skiers darting around only yards from where kids were playing in the surf on the beach, then I slapped my palm right across my forehead. 

Personally, I have never seen the point of just doing doughnuts on flat calm water. 

I would much rather head off-shore during some inclement weather (as I used to do) to enjoy the real ‘buzz’ of the sea and the real exhilaration of being on a jet ski.

I am relatively sure that local byelaws (Southend) dictate that you are only allowed to operate your personal watercraft at least 1/4 mile off-shore!? 

But this did not stop these water sports enthusiasts from trying to ‘out do’ each other in front on less-than-impressed spectators on the beach. 

Two of the jet-skies ended up colliding, even though Southend Coastguard had been to the area to advise the riders about their conduct. 

In a post shared on their Facebook page, a spokesperson for Southend Coastguard said:

“No sooner had HM Coastguard Southend team returned to station after incident 2 of the day and back to their families when Dover Coastguard requested the assistance of Southend to attend reports of a Jet Ski collision opposite the HM Coastguard station where some approx 40 Jet Ski’s were on the water.

“Arriving on scene it turns out that in the collision one Jet Ski was holed within its hull and the other had minimal damage. 

“Both parties exchanged details for insurance purposes, with the owner of the holed Jet Ski having left the scene before Coastguards arrived while the remaining owner was spoken to by the Southend crew and provided with safety advice.

“Should you see anyone in trouble on or near the coast, don’t hesitate to dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard, you could save someone’s life”.

Thankfully, nobody was injured during the shenanigans.

WATCH: Lifeguard Frantically Waves At Train Driver As Two Walkers Use Tunnel As A Shortcut

Translink Northern Ireland has shared some dramatic footage of the moment when a beach lifeguard frantically waves at a train driver to warn him about two walkers who decided to use a train tunnel as a shortcut.

The 33-second clip (below) starts as the train hurtles along a single track next to the beach.

Three seconds into the video, you can make out the distinctive yellow uniform of a lifeguard as he frantically waves his arms above his head, to warn the driver.

Eleven seconds into the video, the train enters the pitch-black tunnel.

By this time, the train driver undoubtedly knew that something was amiss, but he could not be sure of what the danger was.

Fourteen seconds into the clip, you can see two people (as the camera in the cab automatically switched to infra-red mode) as they run along the tracks to try and get out of the trains way.

Just at the train approaches them, they jump out of the way and into the darkness.

Having hit the emergency brakes, the train comes to a stop on the other side of the tunnel.

A spokesperson for Translink said: “Never use the railway as a shortcut. Trespassing on the railway is extremely dangerous and could lead to a conviction”.

Nobody was injured during this near-miss.

WATCH: Soldiers Clean War Memorial After Protesters Desecrate It

Video has emerged on social media of the moment when soldiers from the Household Cavalry took it upon themselves to clean a war memorial after protesters sprayed it with the ‘all cops are b**tards’ (ACAB) acronym. 

The video footage was uploaded on ‘Fill Your Boots’ – a military banter page on Facebook – and has been shared nearly 4,200 times with almost 4,000 interactions and over 1,000 comments. 

The footage has now also popped up on YouTube.

In the video below, four lads and one lass can be seen scrubbing the offensive graffiti off of the statue of Field Marshal Earl Haig.

But for some reason, a couple of civilians took offence. Not to the graffiti, but to the fact that the soldiers were cleaning it. 

The female filming the great work of the soldiers can be heard to say: “you could not even wait one day” – inferring that, for some reason, the ‘all cops are bastards’ acronym should have been left up there for at least 24 hours (although she did not specify the significance of the 24 hours). 

The person filming added: “they could not even wait one day – because of their precious memorial”.

All the while, the soldiers ignore the taunts and goading and continue to scrub off the graffiti. 

But the professional bystanders are not happy as one female approaches them while shouting: 

“excuse me, when I saw you earlier, you picked up signs and put them in bin bags”.

Ever the professionals, the soldiers ignore the taunts of the professional bystanders, as one such bystander, ignorant of the laws regarding criminal damage shouts: “how is that vandalism!?”

But the soldiers refuse to ‘bite’ despite being taunted and they continue to scrub the letters off of the memorial. 

It later transpired that the volunteers were from the elite Household Cavalry. 

A spokesperson for the unit said:

“We are aware of a video circulating on social media showing soldiers from the Household Cavalry. 

“This was not unit direction; the soldiers took it upon themselves to clean the statue of Field Marshal Earl Haig. 

“We are proud of their calm response; this shows the professionalism of our soldiers”. 

The video has angered many members of the military community.

The Facebook page ‘The Walter Mitty Hunters Club HQ’ has been trying to identify the individuals who were taunting the soldiers.

This is not the first time that the military community have, in their own time, repaired war memorials and statues which have been damaged. 

And something tells me that it won’t be the last… 

WATCH: Fast Food Fanatics Refuse To Budge For Emergency Ambulance

Footage has been uploaded to social media of the moment when motorists waiting in a McDonald’s drive-thru queue refused to move out of the way for an emergency ambulance that was on a blue-light run. 

Fearful of losing their space and missing out on their deep-fried chicken McNuggets, instead of moving out of the way for the emergency ambulance, the motorists just stayed put, meaning that the ambulance was delayed by vital minutes as it rushed to an emergency call. 

Even the bullhorn was not enough to convince this lot to give their burgers and fries as miss as they refused to make enough of a gap big enough to allow the emergency ambulance pass through. 

The video was filmed at the Penn Road McDonald’s by Tia-Anne, who said:

“People aren’t moving from a McDonald’s queue for an ambulance! 

“I am absolutely appalled to see how selfish people are! No one is letting these ambulances through! I feel sick! 

“Imagine if this was an ambulance for a loved one, or someone close to you! What has the world come to! (Muted the video as my language is appalling)”.

Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Protestors Taunt Cops With Donuts

Trying to keep the country safe from protestors is hungry work.

And I am not talking about the peaceful protestors who have a valid point to make, rather than the ‘professional protestors’ who just want to smash things up, set fire to stuff and ruin the small businesses of hardworking citizens.

So when we saw a picture on social media of some protestors teasing some police officers by waving a donut around in front of them on a bit of string, we instantly became hungry.

So you can only imagine how the officers who were stood in front of the sugary snacks must have felt as they racked up their 12th hour during their long-ass shift of trying to keep the peace.

In the picture, three protestors can be seen teasing the officers by dangling the sweet treat only yards away from their faces.

To be fair to the cops, they look undeterred by the temptation that is swinging around in front of them.

Or maybe the donuts are small pinatas which can be used as target practice? After all, a donut that has been smashed into tiny pieces can be shared out amongst the protesters and the cops.

‘Eye Test In Progress’ – Van Driver Has A Poke At Recent Events

Regardless of what you think about the whole Dominic Cummings saga, you cannot deny that the great British sense of humour never fails to deliver during moments of controversy. 

And this is one such example of the world-renown British sense of humour that can take almost any situation and satirise it so that individuals from all sides can raise a much-needed smile. 

A yellow van has been spotted with the following message on the back: 

“This journey has been approved by Dominic Cummings – eye test in progress”. 

The van (and the message) obviously raised a few smiles as it hurtled along the road. 

Just as a footnote though, if you are not sure if your eyesight is good enough to drive, then make sure you get medical advice or advice from your insurer before you get behind the wheel! 

I am reasonably sure that, if you were involved in an accident, and your insurer asked you about the nature of your journey, and you replied: “I was testing my eyesight” then you might have some indemnity issues as, technically, you have to tell your insurer about any new medical conditions before you drive! 

Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Thousands Of People ‘Celebrate’ Rogue ‘Arrogant And Offensive’ UK Civil Service Tweet

Yesterday evening, at 17:53 hours, a random tweet appeared on the timeline of the @UKCivilService twitter page.

The 263k followers who keep tabs on what the UK Civil Service has to say were bewildered when a tweet popped up that said: “Arrogant and offensive…Can you imagine having to work with these truth twisters?”.

Within minutes, the tweet was ‘liked’ nearly 40k times with almost 32k retweets. 

But it was not long until the tweet had been removed – almost as if someone had dared an admin to publish the tweet from the ‘drafts’ section of the Twitter App, but had then quickly regretted their decision.

The tweet had been published by the author using their iPhone. Had the account been hacked? Had someone commandeered the account managers iPhone? Who knows! 

But the tweet certainly resonated with, let’s just say, quite a few people. 

The Cabinet Office tweeted to say: “An unauthorised tweet was posted on a government channel this evening. The post has been removed, and we are investigating the matter”. 

As is customary with the public sector, I am sure that a vast cake fine will be forthcoming. 

Man Gets His Penis Stuck In Spanner

A man has been left red-faced after firefighters had to be called to hospital to remove a tool from his penis.

The man became stuck after his penis swelled up in a ring spanner last Monday and he was unable to remove it.

Twead Head Firefighters said that it was not uncommon for them to be called to these sort of ‘jobs’ where people leave it too late through the fear of being embarrassed.

Firefighter Peter Sutherland said:

“We use a tiny angle grinder that is air operated and use a measuring tape to protect the skin and slowly zip away at it while keeping the water running on it, so it doesn’t get too hot.”

Thankfully, the procedure was a complete success. There is a rumour that the male wanted to use the spanner to tighten his nuts.

Nurse In Russia Disciplined For Wearing Only Her Underwear Under Transparent PPE Gown

There are thousands of reasons to admire the men and women who have to spend their entire shift in full PPE as they treat patients. 

Hospital wards are renown for being hotter than the surface of the sun whenever the outside ambient temperature goes over 10 degrees Celcius. 

My wife recently gave birth in a hospital (not in Russia), and one of the midwives who looked after her explained that the radiators in the ward we were staying on had been kept on for decades as nobody knew how to turn them off. 

But when one nurse in Russia decided that the best way to stop herself from overheating was to strip off down to her underwear, it wasn’t long before she found herself in hot water.

According to the DailyMail, the nurse works in a hospital 100 miles south of Moscow in a place called Tula. 

She had no complaints from the patients, but nonetheless, the management decided that her look was not in keeping with the rest of the hospital staff.

The nurse told her managers at Tula Regional Clinical Hospital that she did not realise the Personal Protective Equipment she wore when treating coronavirus patients was so transparent…

The regional health ministry ignored her account, and they reported that ‘a disciplinary sanction was applied to the nurse of the infectious diseases department who violated (uniform) requirements’.

Judging by the look on the face of the patient in the picture, then she definitely ‘raised’ the morale of her patients…

Member Of The Public Makes An Appeal To Find The Paramedic In This Poignant Picture

There is little doubt that our amazing men and women who serve in the emergency ambulance service have navigated through what will be remembered as one of the most testing times in our history.

The same applies to the NHS in general and, of course, the other emergency services. But in the context of this article, we are talking specifically about the emergency ambulance service. 

Not only have paramedics, ECAs, EMTs, AAPs etc. seen more death in the last few months than what they would ordinarily see over a few years, but they have also lost colleagues who have been on the front line of the fight against the virus.

And they have also lost colleagues who have sadly taken their own lives.  

At around 0500 hours this morning, a paramedic stopped to gaze at the sun as it emerged from the North Sea. 

This paramedic had no-doubt spent the night dashing from call-to-call, saving lives and helping people.

A member of the public who was walking their dog, saw the paramedic gazing at the sun and decided to go over to her for a chat. 

As the member of the public walked away, he turned around and took a picture that just somehow manages to sum up the feeling and sentiment of many who have been on the frontline of the fight against the virus. 

And, wow, what a picture. 

But now the male who took the picture, a chap named Gary Head, is trying to find the paramedic who he spoke to so that he can gift the image to her. 

In a post shared on social media, Gary said:

“I was down the beach as usual around 5 am this morning with the dogs and came across this scene, a lone paramedic sitting watching the sunrise and with no disrespect, looking exhausted. 

“I had a little chat and took the picture. 

“A little bit of innocence in an upside-down world…I am getting this painted, going to find that paramedic and give it to her…I hope this brings some perspective while you enjoy your morning coffee. 

“Can people share this in [the] hope I can find her?”

Well, it is our pleasure to share this appeal across all of our social media pages and groups in the hope that one of our 707k combined followers/group members will know who this paramedic is. 

If you are the paramedic in the image, then please send us a DM so we can put you in contact with the person who took this moving picture. 

The picture was taken in Gorleston-on-Sea (Great Yarmouth, Norfolk) at around 05:00 hours today (21st May)

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