RNLI Around the Mount swim postponed

Lifeboats News Release

The annual RNLI Around the Mount open water Swim, which was due to take place on Saturday 1 July has been postponed due to the weather forecast.

Due to the forecasted westerly to north-westerly winds and strong force 6 gusts which are in excess of the safety parameters for an open water swimming event, the RNLI is holding off the event until later in the summer. It will be rescheduled around late August or early September.

In total, 101 swimmers were due to take part in this year’s event, all of whom have been advised of the postponement. The RNLI team organising the swim are working with both the St Aubyn’s Estate and their own lifeguard team to secure a re-scheduled date.

Dave Nicoll, RNLI Fundraising & Partnership Lead for the south west said;

‘We are sure all the swimmers that were due to take part in this year’s swim will be disappointed with the postponement, however their safety is of paramount importance.

One of the RNLI’s key water safety messages is for people to monitor and be aware of the weather forecasts and prevailing sea conditions, so given the strong wind forecast for this weekend we have made the call to postpone the event which will hopefully be rescheduled for later in the summer.

We know people put a lot of training into preparing for this event along with the fundraising they do for the RNLI which is really appreciated, so we hope to be able to announce the rescheduled date in the soon.’

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