Exmouth RNLI and local ‘Christmas Swims’

Exmouth RNLI lifeboats will not be available to stand by at this years Christmas Swims in Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton.

Due to the recent reported onset of the Covid-19 variant, Omicron, and increasing risks surrounding the transmission of the virus, Exmouth RNLI lifeboats will not be attending to stand by at this years Christmas Swims in Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton. 

Exmouth Lifeboat Operations Manager, Ian Taylor, said,

“Very regrettably, due to crew operational safety issues with the increasing concerns about the Covid-19 variant, Omicron, a decision has been made not to launch our Exmouth RNLI Lifeboats at the Christmas Swims at Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton this year.”

Christmas Swim. Credit: RNLI

“The health and safety of our charity’s volunteer crew must take priority in these difficult times and we would like to thank members of the public for their support and understanding.” 

“As at all other times, both lifeboats will remain on call as normal round the clock over the Christmas holidays for emergency tasking by H.M. Coastguard. They will be fully search and rescue capable throughout.”

“May I take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy, healthy and safe Christmas.”

Many of the usual planned festive swimming events – which often have safety cover – have been cancelled this year due to Covid-19 safety precautions. The RNLI is urging those who decide to go for a dip around Christmas or New Years to be extra cautious and understand the risks and how to stay safe before entering the cold water.