Bring back the lifeguards! Backlash builds over RNLI scrapping patrols after four tombstoners are injured in Dorset – as thousands will head to the beaches and parks again today to soak up 75F sun
- Lifeguards have begun patrolling with the RNLI’s backing, meaning they don’t have official lifesaving gear
- The RNLI has demanded that the Government take steps to stop people turning up at the seaside
- Only 16 beach patrols out of a possible 248 have been reinstated, prompting a furious backlash
The RNLI is facing demands to bring its lifeguards after four tombstoners were injured in Dorset as thousands head to beaches and parks again today to soak up the 75F (23C) sun.
Sixteen beach patrols out of a possible 248 have been reinstated prompting furious backlash as people flock to the coast.
Some lifeguards have started patrolling for free but without the RNLI’s backing they don’t have access to official lifesaving equipment, The Times reports.
Pictured: A man jumps from the 200ft ancient limestone arch yesterday at Durdle Door, Dorset
Crowds are pictured in south-west London as people gathered on Parsons Green amid the coronavirus lockdown with temperatures rising
People are pictured congregating in Parson’s Green, south-west London, last night as temperatures soar in the south-east
Huge crowds gathered in Parsons Green, south-west London, last night as temperatures soar amid the coronavirus lockdown
Pictured: Today’s weather forecast from the Met Office as temperatures are set to climb even higher this afternoon
Hundreds have joined the #ReturnToShore campaign, with one saying ‘The RNLI lifeguard service is the only emergency service which did not continue during the pandemic. Why?’
One employee, who has started patrolling on a voluntary basis, said: ‘It feels as though the RNLI bosses don’t have our back. We’re volunteering with minimal equipment and at far greater risk.’
Beach-goers were crammed together to make room for air ambulances to land at Durdle Door in Dorset yesterday after four people injured themselves jumping off cliffs into the sea.
The four unidentified jumpers vaulted from the top of the ancient limestone arch, which reaches 200ft at its highest point, and are in critical condition, according to Dorset Police.
A tombstoner can be seen plummeting towards the sea after vaulting from the top of the ancient limestone arch known as Durdle Door in Dorset
The sun-seekers were crammed into one area yesterday in order to vacate the Dorset beach through the one accessible exit
Images from the scene show a mass of sun-seekers crammed into one area, near the only available exit, as they try to vacate the area as the air ambulance lands.
Despite initially claiming that only three people were hurt jumping off the famous archway, it emerged last night that the figure is one higher.
Mark Dowie, the RNLI’s chief executive, wrote an open letter asking the government to restrict beach access before ‘more lives are lost’.
But former Conservative MP Charlotte Leslie says that the RNLI could fun a full £20million lifeguard service from the £124m in crisis funds that it reported in 2018.
The organisation says that using such funds is not a long-term solution and the group expects a £45million shortfall this year.
Meanwhile, people were slammed for running around naked and causing harassment on a popular quayside, have caused a pub to shutdown.
The rising levsl of anti social behaviour on The Quay in Exeter, Devon, has led to the Prospect Inn closing down its takeaway service.
The pub said: ‘WE ARE DONE. The anti social behaviour on the Quay worsens day by day, but Friday night was the final straw: abuse, harassment, urination and public nudity.’