People urged to leave life-saving rings alone after they go missing overnight

PUBLISHED: 18:00 30 August 2017

The RNLI collected one of the rings.

The RNLI collected one of the rings.

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People are being reminded not to remove the life rings found around Weston-super-Mare’s seafront after a number went missing.

The rings are situated around the seafront to be thrown into the water to help someone who is struggling in the sea.

North Somerset Council’s beach rangers look after the life-saving equipment and check the rings every day.

However, the rangers discovered the majority of them were tampered with some time on Saturday night – potentially putting lives at 
risk.

Weston RNLI found one floating half a mile off Sand Point on Sunday morning.

A council spokesman said: “A number of the life rings were tampered with.

“We urge people not to remove these rings unless it is an emergency. Tampering with them could endanger someone’s life, so please do not do it.”

The rings have since been returned to their positions.

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