Beach services suspended in Weymouth

Beach services suspended in Weymouth

Published by George Sharpe at 12:01am 28th March 2020.

Some beach services have been suspended to encourage social distancing.

Weymouth Town Council has suspended some of it's beach services to dissuade people from gathering.

They're encouraging people to abide by social distancing rules at all times, keeping a 2 meter distance from others.

Usual beach services like first aid, lifeguards and lost children facilities will not be available until further notice.

The RNLI has closed their lifeboat stations to visitors, including all RNLI shops. They've also stopped fundraising events.

They'll still be launching lifeboats for those in peril at sea but, to keep the service going, they're asking us to donate whatever we can.

A RNLI spokesperson said; 

"Our priority is keeping people safe in the sea and around our coast as it always has been. At a time when emergency services are already stretched we ask everyone to follow government advice. The RNLI is asking everyone to carefully consider the need to go to visit the beach, the coast or go into the water in case they get into difficulty.

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Posted by Weymouth & Portland Police on Friday, 27 March 2020
Weymouth and Portland Police have been ensuring people are sticking to social distancing rules.

"If you do choose visit the coast the RNLI water safety advice is;

  • "Take care if walking near cliffs - know your route and your limitations
  • "Check the weather forecast and tide times
  • If going afloat, carry a means for calling for help and always wear a lifejacket 
  • If you fall into the water unexpectedly FLOAT TO LIVE. Fight your instinct to thrash around, lean back, extend your arms and legs, and Float
  • In any coastal emergency dial 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard

They're asking us to fill up pots with 5p coins, pop some coins in collection boxes if you see them or donate online at RNLI.org.uk.