it is hoped the RAF Typhoon will display in Dartmouth today after yesterdays display was cancelled at the last minute on safety grounds.
A spokesperson said:
“Unfortunately, after 3 hours of appealing to the better judgement of those on and using the river between the Higher and Lower Ferries, The Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta were unable to reduce the number of those remaining on the river to below an acceptable level of risk as outlined in our Risk Assessment.
“The Typhoon Display Pilot is as disappointed as the crowd; he has since commented that he totally agreed with the decision taken on safety grounds, as could see the numbers of individuals remaining on boats when he flew past.
“Tomorrow, we will attempt to encourage people on vessels between the Higher and Lower Ferries to watch from ashore, in the hope that the display can take place safely.
“The Exclusion Zone will be in force from 1800hrs in accordance with LNTM 34-17, and people on vessels in the river (not just in the Exclusion Zone) will, again, be very strongly advised and encouraged to watch the display from ashore,”
Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta said on Facebook earlier:
“Good morning everyone.
We have had a meeting this morning with all relevant parties and ARE doing our utmost to bring you the RAF Typhoon display at 18:10hours.
We are asking people to vacate moored boats by 17:00hours and watch the display from Dartmouth side of the river. Please use the Harbour Office channel 11 for advice. This will enable yacht taxis and tenders time to take people ashore. If you stay afloat please do so above the higher or below the lower ferry Dartmouth side of river. Our FDD Jason Aylett will be on the river to talk to you shortly.
PLEASE let’s all work together to bring this fabulous display to Regatta Saturday!
Thank you very much for your cooperation,”
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