Beach rescue club gets government cash boost

PUBLISHED: 07:00 03 December 2017

Members of Exmouth Beach Rescue Club with Councillor Eileen Wragg, and her namesake surf ski in the foreground, are pictured last year.

Members of Exmouth Beach Rescue Club with Councillor Eileen Wragg, and her namesake surf ski in the foreground, are pictured last year.

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Exmouth Beach Rescue Club will be able to increase their patrols on the town’s beach after a £4,500 grant from the government.

An Exmouth club dedicated to keeping people safe in the sea will be able to extend its patrols after being awarded a government grant.

Exmouth Beach Rescue Club, based in Queen’s Drive, has been given a grant of £4,523 by the inshore and inland rescue boat grant fund.

The cash boost will allow the life-saving club to set up a second boat station at Orcombe Point and will allow the them to have two boats on the water at the same time.

Club secretary and founding member Nigel Snowshall said: “We don’t get any major grants – we’ve got to found raise for all our money.

“We have some benefactors who often help us and we get an annual grant from the town council – it costs £10,000 a year to run the club.

“To get a grant like this is fantastic – its shows that its not just local people who appreciate what we do – this has come from government.

“In recent years we have increased our patrolling to the Orcombe Point end of the beach.

“This grant means we can double our resources and will support the operations on the rescue boat and allow us to run two boats simultaneously.”

The volunteer community lifeguard club, set up in 1986, patrols Exmouth’s coastline on Sundays and also provides training in surf life-saving sport throughout the year.

East Devon MP Sir Hugo Swire also expressed his delight at the news.

He said: “I’m delighted that Exmouth Beach Rescue Club has received this funding to buy essential equipment and support its excellent work.

“The charity has played a vital role in keeping people safe for over 30 years, providing education and training and assisting people in difficulty around Exmouth seafront and beyond thanks to its brave team of volunteers.

“I’m glad the government is committed to supporting the important work of water rescue charities and ensuring they have the equipment and resources they need to provide their lifesaving services.”

• The club trains every Tuesday between 7pm and 9pm and on Sundays between 10am and 1pm in both lifeguarding and surf life-saving sport.

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