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Are you ready for the annual famous Looe New Years Day dip with Looe RNLI?

Lifeboats News Release

Preparations are well in hand by the volunteer crew at Looe Lifeboat Station for the 6th annual Famous Looe New Years Day Dip. All we need is for you to join us on 1 January 2018

Looe RNLI New Years Day Dip on 1 January 2017

RNLI/Ian Foster

Looe RNLI New Years Day Dip on 1 January 2017

It does not matter if you are a swimmer, wader, dipper or paddler, you could even test the water temperature with your big toe! Everyone is welcome.

The event starts at 11 am on East Looe beach with the kind permission of East Looe Town Trust. A buoy will be anchored 20 or 30m offshore for the swimmers but you could just run in and back out if you fancy a dip rather than a swim. If you are not brave enough to go into the water then why not come along to watch the intrepid bathers from the beach, seafront or Banjo Pier.

Everyone is welcome, join us from 10am to register, sign a waiver form and listen to the important safety briefing. Fancy dress from the night before is optional, if you are not that brave then why not come along in your wetsuit. Refreshments will be available in the station boathouse afterwards.

Entry is free, however participants are encouraged to make a donation to Looe RNLI, this in turn helps our volunteer crew continue to save lives at sea.

Jay Curtis volunteer RNLI crew member at Looe Lifeboat Station says ‘This is the sixth time we have run this event and it increases in popularity each year. Our main aim is to have fun and see in the New Year with a bracing dip in Looe Bay. Looe is always busy over the New Year and we hope as many people as possible will join us and raise funds for Looe RNLI in the process.’

So why not put the date in your diary to join in the fun with Looe Lifeboat Station on the first day of 2018 on East Looe beach.

Crew members organising this event will be keeping a close eye on the weather and sea conditions and may have to make a last minute decision as to the safety of the dip and possible cancellation. All relevant information and updates will be posted on the Looe Lifeboat Station and The famous Looe New Years Day Dip Facebook pages.


2 photos attached from last years Looe RNLI New Years Day Dip on 1 January 2017
Photo credits RNLI/Ian Foster

· For further information on Looe RNLI Lifeboats please visit our website

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For more information please telephone Ian Foster, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer for Looe Lifeboat Station, on 07902 753228 or or


Amy Caldwell, RNLI Regional Media Manager, on 07920 818807 or


Carrie Garrad, RNLI Regional Media Officer, on 07786 668847 or

Alternatively you can contact the RNLI Duty Press Officer on 01202 336789.

Looe RNLI New Years Day Dip on 1 January 2017

RNLI/Ian Foster

Looe RNLI New Years Day Dip on 1 January 2017

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