Rubber rings are for the swimming pool – Exmouth coastwatch warning over seaside inflatables

PUBLISHED: 14:00 06 August 2020

Teenagerss using inflatables in a red flag area of Exmouth beach. Picture: Nigel Bovey

Teenagerss using inflatables in a red flag area of Exmouth beach. Picture: Nigel Bovey

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A plea has been made for Exmouth beachgoers to avoid using rubber rings or inflatables in the sea.

The urgent call from the town’s National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) comes after a series of incidents when volunteer watchkeepers have had to call upon the RNLI lifeboat crew or lifeguards to rescue someone in difficulty.

Station manager Ivor Jones said: “Visitors are not aware how quickly the river runs out to sea.

“Earlier this week, a watchkeeper had to run down the red-flag beach to alert four teenagers in rubber rings who were being swept out by the tide in an off-shore breeze.

“Fortunately, they heard him and made it to shore. A minute or two later and it could have been a very different story.

“Inflatables are for swimming pools, not for the sea. We want Exmouth to be a place of enjoyment not of tragedy.”

READ MORE: Coastwatch webcam offers beachgoers early impression of conditions

Based in Queen’s Drive, Exmouth NCI is on duty every day from 9am until 6pm.


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