RNLI’s Blessing of the Boats cancelled

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The annual Blessing of the Boats ceremony remembers all those lost at sea

LYME Regis lifeboat crew has cancelled its annual Blessing of the Boats service due to the ongoing coronavirus epidemic. 

The event, which remember all those lost at sea, was due to be held at the lifeboat station in May. It is just one of many local events to be cancelled.

However, volunteer lifeboat crew members continue to be on standby during the epidemic.

The crew members have ‘key worker’ status and will remain ready to launch the lifeboat in an emergency.

Lyme Regis’ volunteer lifeboat operations manager, Nick Marks, said: “Many people will have noticed that the lifeboat station doors are now closed during the day and that the station is not open to visitors.

“We have had to do this to comply with the government and RNLI guidance on social distancing and to keep our crew safe.

“For the same reason it is necessary to cancel any events which encourage large numbers to come to the lifeboat station. This means that the Blessing of the Boats service on May 17 will no longer take place.

“We are hoping that the situation improves over the summer such that we are able to stage our Lifeboat Week planned for the end of July. A decision on this will be made later.”

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