Lifeguards in Burnham-On-Sea are warning that lives could be put at risk if vandals continue to steal inflatable life rings from the town’s seafront.
Burnham-On-Sea.com learns that thirteen of the life-saving rings have been stolen from the seafront during the last two years – with the latest theft occurring on Tuesday when one was removed from the top of the jetty.
Lifeguards from Sedgemoor District Council frequently check the rings and replace the missing ones, but say the thefts are causing them concern.
“It’s very dangerous. When a ring is urgently needed by someone in trouble in the sea, it might be that one is not available because of these ongoing thefts,” said Burnham jetty supervisor David Whitehead.
“We’d ask anyone who sees the rings being stolen to contact local police immediately.”
Our photo shows lifeguard Kate Krause-Davies replacing a stolen ring with a new one at the top of Burnham’s jetty.