26 December 2019 12:40
Sidmouth Boxing Day Swim CANCELLED – with Seaton festive dip also called off due to wild weather and dangerous sea conditions Sidmouth's Boxing Day Swim has been cancelled due to the wild weather – with a festive dip in Seaton also called off. The December 26 tradition had been set to take place at 11am, but organisers announced this morning that it could not go ahead over safety fears. They have pleaded with the public not to enter the water as the conditions are dangerous. Thank you, sorry for the disappointment – Sidmouth Regatta and Boxing Day Swim committee The Boxing Day Swim in Seaton has also been called off. A Sidmouth Regatta and Boxing Day Swim committee spokesperson said: "The Boxing Day swim has been cancelled.
"Just had [a]meeting with safety officers and it's not safe to enter the water at Sidmouth. "Please, please, please do not go into the water as it's not safe. "Thank you, sorry for the disappointment." The spokesperson had said earlier this morning: "Seaton's Boxing Day Swim has already been cancelled due to the weather. "A decision will be made between 9am and 9.30am to decide if it is safe off Sidmouth for the swim. "It does not look favourable at the moment." Beer Coastguard posted on Facebook this morning: "We have been in contact with Axminster Young Farmers; they have cancelled the Boxing Day swim at Seaton due to concerns for people safety with the sea conditions and immediate forecast of Southwesterly 40-50 mph winds until later today." Sign up to FREE daily email alerts from somersetlive - Daily Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Two Boxing Day sea swims have been cancelled due to concerns about safety as high winds and heavy rain are expected to batter the West Country.
The organisers of a swim at Sidmouth in East Devon called off their event this morning and urged people not to enter the water. Sidmouth Regatta & Boxing Day Swim posted on Facebook: "Just had meeting with safety officers and it's not safe to enter the water at Sidmouth. Please, please, please do not go into the water as it's not safe. Please share this message. Thank you, sorry for the disappointment." Beer Coastguard Rescue Team posted on Thursday morning: "Seaton Boxing day swim (is) CANCELLED. "We have been in contact with Axminster young farmers, they have cancelled the Boxing Day swim at Seaton due to concerns for people(s) safety with the sea conditions and immediate forecast of Southwesterly 40-50 mph winds until later today." A swim at West Bay in Dorset has also been cancelled - according to social media reports. A post states: "West Bay Wallow (Boxing Day Swim) has been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions." The Met Office has forecast heavy rain and windy conditions on Boxing Day. Gusts could reach 54mph along the English Channel coast. In Devon, two coastal roads have been closed due to flooding. Devon Live reports that in Torquay, the A379 Torbay Road is shut in both directions due to flooding from A3022 Torbay Road to Vaughan Road. The seafront is shut due to bad weather, causing the waves to crash. And in Paignton, Esplanade Road is also closed in both directions due to flooding from Lower Polsham Road to Garfield Road. The Met Office forecast early rain will clear to heavy, blustery showers through the morning on Boxing Day. There may be some drier and brighter interludes before another spell of heavy rain and stronger winds arrive during the afternoon. Heavy rain will clear eastwards through the start of the night. Turning drier but remaining cloudy, with hill fog. Mild. Minimum Temperature 9 °C. Most places will have a cloudy but mild day on Friday. Most will be dry but the odd spot of rain is possible. Staying very mild. Maximum Temperature 13 °C. The outlook for Saturday to Monday is mainly dry over the weekend with bright or sunny spells. Risk of overnight fog. Outbreaks of rain spreading eastwards Monday. Generally mild, cooler later. Want more news? To subscribe to our daily newsletter, enter your email address into the box at the top of this story. To keep up to date with our latest news, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Find our Somerset Facebook page here, and our Bath Facebook page can be found here.