Clubs share £11,000 of Inshore and Inland Rescue Boat Grant Fund

Two groups providing vital life-saving cover on North Devon’s beaches have shared more than £11,000 in government funding.

Saunton Sands Surf Life Saving Club and the Surf Life Saving Devon Flood Resilience Unit have both received grants from the Department for Transport’s Inshore and Inland Rescue Boat Grant Fund.

Surf Life Saving Devon has been awarded £9,111, while the Saunton Sands group has been given £2,017.

North Devon MP Peter Heaton-Jones, said: “Since its launch in 2014, the grant has provided water rescue services up and down the UK with funding for new boats, vehicles and equipment.

“Support for Surf Life Saving is something I am particularly pleased to see happening here in North Devon.

“When I worked in Australia a decade ago, I saw how similar clubs on Sydney’s northern beaches - the epicentre of the ‘Home and Away’ surf culture - played such a vital role in the community.

“It is great to see that our local clubs in North Devon are now getting this level of support and recognition for the brilliant work that they do.”

Maritime Minister John Hayes said: “Every day water rescue volunteers risk their safety to protect the lives of people across the UK.

“Their dedication and highly specialised skills are absolutely crucial to providing inshore and inland rescue services.

“This extra money means that the volunteers and charities can purchase the lifeboats and equipment they need.

“It means that assistance is never far away for those in need or in distress on or around our waterways.”