At the time of writing – 26th May 2020 – we are coming to terms with the terrible news of two deaths in Cornwall’s waters and one rescue at Porthtowan that has resulted in a critically injured person. The Parish Council are in discussion with local volunteers at the Surf Life Saving Club, who flagged up the dangers. At the time of writing we have heard that the RNLI will be patrolling a limited number of beaches for limited times. We understand the current position is that Porthtowan will be patrolled from 20th June. The Parish Council have helped compile evidence of the need for greater safety provision and/or greater travel restrictions and have worked in partnership with Perranzabuloe Parish Council, Cornwall Cllr Pete Mitchell, and local and national organisations. The relevant facilities provided by the Parish Council – namely public toilets – are closed at the time of writing. The Council keeps the situation under constant review, and takes into account a range of considerations – such as public safety, staff safety, visitor encouragement, practise elsewhere, government advice and so on. Currently, the Council deem the opening of toilets prior to the patrolling of Porthtowan beach to be inadvisable as it does not wish to encourage lengthy visits or condone people entering the water when it is not safe to do so. The situation will change over time – please keep checking the Parish Council website for the latest information.
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