RNLI warning over beach safety as Lifeboat Day event cancelled

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RNLI warning over beach safety as Lifeboat Day event cancelled

Published at 11:03am 20th May 2020. (Updated at 11:05am 20th May 2020)

Newquay Lifeboat Day is the latest event to be cancelled because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The RNLI show had been scheduled for August 16.

Gareth Horner, Newquay RNLI Lifeboat operations manager said: "I am sure this will be no surprise given the current circumstances and we had hoped that the situation might have improved in order to go ahead with the usual fun filled day.

"However, following discussions with the fundraising committee, we are all agreed that the safety of our crew and members of the public is absolutely paramount.

"We all look forward to seeing our dedicated supporters at next year's events and in much happier circumstances."

The RNLI said that it was the right decision while social distancing measures are still in place and with additional pressure on lifeboat crews expected this summer due to limited lifeguard cover.

"Although our volunteer crew remain fully operational, we'd like to take this opportunity to remind people to stay safe at the seaside," a spokesman said.

"Please be aware that there are currently no RNLI lifeguards on our beaches. Follow safety advice to protect yourself and loved ones and you will help to reduce demands placed on our lifeboat crews and other emergency services."
In any coastal emergency dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.
Further information on current safety advice is available here

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