Weymouth Lifeboat week cancelled this year

Weymouth Lifeboat week cancelled this year

Published by George Sharpe at 7:43pm 3rd July 2020.

Fundraising efforts for Weymouth RNLI are suffering a massive blow this year as Lifeboat week 2020 is cancelled.

It's one of the main avenues of fundraising for the town's lifeboat station, but it's been brought to a halt by the coronavirus pandemic.

Organisers say in light of social distancing advice, the planned events could not go ahead.

Instead, they're hoping that online events such as a quiz, live music and a virtual lifeboat tour might help alleviate some of the strain.

Weymouth Lifeboat

Lifeboat crews are still going to provide a 24-hour service across Dorset's coast and lifeguards are already back patrolling Weymouth beach.

The RNLI is urging surfers and bathers not to enter the water alone and always go to a lifeguarded beach. Surfers should always ask lifeguards and local surfers for advice.

A spokesperson for the RNLI said:

"With the summer in full swing it will be light until 10pm for the next couple of weeks so please be careful if you are using the water outside of lifeguarded hours. 

"Know your limits and know what to do if you are caught in a rip current or get into difficulty. Keep hold of your board or floatation device and paddle parallel to the shore."

RNLI Chairman Stuart Popham said:

"'RNLI crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives since 1824 but we're more than a rescue service. We influence, supervise and educate people too. 

"Our Community Safety teams explain the risks and share safety knowledge with anyone going out to sea or to the coast.

"We are a charity founded upon and driven by our values of selflessness, courage, dependability and trustworthiness, with volunteers at our heart. Values shared by generations of supporters like you who have powered our lifesaving work through your kindness and generosity for almost 200 years."

They're asking for donations to help keep them saving lives in the water.