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RNLI bosses under pressure after police chief pleaded for more beach lifeguards following three deaths at weekend


RNLI bosses were under pressure last night after a police chief pleaded for more beach lifeguards.

The lifeboat charity’s chief Mark Dowie was slammed after urging the Government to ban Brits from the seaside because it can patrol only a handful of hotspots in the crisis.

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Just 70 of 248 beaches will have lifeguard patrols at the height of summer, putting many lives at risk.

Only eight beaches in Devon and Cornwall were protected at the weekend and local crime commissioner Alison Hernandez has written to Mr Dowie offering police help to the RNLI to keep beaches safe.

She said: "Our message is clear everyone should think twice before leaving their home to visit anywhere for the day particularly because many local facilities are closed.

"Despite the fantastic coastline and beautiful weather, we want to ensure people are safe.

"I want to offer my support to the RNLI so that we can work together to ensure it can resume its essential service safely and speedily at beaches across the south west.

"As expected this past Bank Holiday weekend we saw a large number of visitors attracted to our beautiful coastline.

"Tragically three people lost their lives after they got into difficulties in open water.

"No matter what the circumstances in each one, we must all work together now to minimise the risks and these tragedies being repeated."


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