Twenty one emergency phones have been removed from the coast due to vandalism and ‘the fact that mobile phones have become common place’.
The telephones that have been removed from various locations along the coast are said to have sufficient mobile phone reception, but where the signal is poor, the emergency phones still remain.
The removal of these phones form part of a water safety equipment review that was undertaken last year by East Lindsey District Council and the RNLI.
Strategic development manager at the council, Semantha Neal, said: “A review into water safety equipment along the coast was undertaken in 2012, in consultation with the RNLI.
“In conjunction with the RNLI, the review concluded that outdated safety equipment be removed and 21 phones be removed due to continuous vandalism and the fact that in recent years mobile phones have become common place.
“Where phones have been removed, the council has tested three different mobile phone networks to ensure there is a robust signal available.
“Where the signal was poor, the phones have been retained.”
The call for this safety audit includes a revamp to safety equipment along the whole coastline to provide which meets national guidelines and ensures the best facilities for beachgoers that may need assistance in emergency situations.
A statement by the RNLI added: “Alongside recommendations from the district council, the RNLI recommended that existing public rescue equipment be updated and in some cases be removed to more effective locations.
“This was suggested to give a consistent approach to coastal safety across the board.”
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