New warning signs installed on Sunderland Point causeway

Lifeboats News Release

Working closely with Morecambe RNLI, Overton Parish Council has installed two new warning signs; one at each end of the causeway that connects Overton to Sunderland village.

new safety sign up at the Overton side

RNLI/Amy Roberts

The sign at the Sunderland Point side
Both signs bear photos illustrating the causeway when flooded by the tide; one of them, taken from Morecambe’s inshore lifeboat, after the volunteer crew had
rescued two drivers from the roofs of their vehicles.

Morecambe RNLI volunteer Community Safety Officer, Colin Midwinter, said:

‘We are constantly reviewing the incidents to which we get called, using the information to produce a Community Lifesaving Plan with a view to eliminating, or at least mitigating, identified risks to the public. Consequently, we have been working with local stakeholders in order to try and reduce the number of these incidents.

'Overton Parish Council are to be congratulated on their generous and positive
response. Given the increased local tourism to Sunderland Point and the use of
home delivery services, both the Parish Council and the Sunderland Point
Community Association, share our concerns regarding the number of serious,
potentially life-threatening, incidents on the causeway. We hope that these large
photos, illustrating the danger, will draw driver and pedestrian attention to the other warning signs already in place and intend to supplement these with more informative signage, strategically located, once the necessary funding and landowners’ permissions have been obtained.’

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For more information please email Amy Roberts, RNLI Morecambe Lifeboat Press
Officer at (07852592439) or Chris Smith, RNLI Morecambe Lifeboat Press Officer at

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