Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.
Lifeguard Cutting Plan Revealed
7:19am 15th September 2014
(Updated 7:19am 15th September 2014)
Cornwall's lifeguards escape the axe - just.
It is revealed the council considered cutting RNLI funding for beach patrols.
It is as official look at how to save £200m.
The scheme was thrown out - so will not happen in the next four years.
If it had gone through it would have saved around £1.23m, with the council planning to ask the National Trust to stump up more money instead.
Officials working on the plan warned of "potential adverse political and public opinion and an adverse impact on public safety on soem beaches if the RNLI were to reduce services in line with the withdrawal of the grant. Whilst the service is not a statutory service there may be an impact on tourism."
Last year lifeguards rescued 872 people on Perranporth alone, with another 466 at Gwithian.
Dickon Berriman is a lifeguard manager for the RNLI in the Duchy. He said: "Having such well looked after beaches is actually an attraction for people to come to Cornwall - and lifeguarding is a part of that. If we start eroding that then we start potentially eroding why people come here in the first place.
"For me, personally, growing up through surf lifesaving clubs and lifeguarding, the service is absolutely vital. Our beaches are our lifeblood. I would be very, very nervous to see unlifeguarded beaches in Cornwall."7:19am 15th September 2014
Share This StoryTweet
WATCH: New Acts Revealed For Boardmasters
They include The Vaccines, Stormzy and Frank Turner
What Do You Think Of Possible Student Transport Cuts?
A consultation is underway in Cornwall
UPDATE: Cornwall Road Reopens After Rush-Hour Crash
Cornwall News: It involved two cars
Kids' school holiday hunger in England 'is a moral outrage'
National News: Unprecedented numbers of free meals have been given out to children in deprived areas this half term in an ongoing effort to combat hunger in the UK.
Brit Awards honour David Bowie with best male solo artist and best album gongs
Showbiz News: David Bowie has been honoured with two Brit Awards - 13 months after his death at the age of 69.
Democratic Republic of Congo to investigate 'civilian massacre' video
World News: The Democratic Republic of Congo has said it will investigate "as a precautionary measure" a video which apparently shows government troops massacring civilians.
Non-league Lincoln make FA Cup history
Sports News: Lincoln have become the first non-league team to reach the quarter finals of the FA Cup in more than 100 years.
How you can perfect the 'dabbing' move Tom Watson apparently tried at PMQs
Strange News: The "dab" dance is a phenomenon that has caught on around the world.