Cobb's Quay Marina in Poole will host a safety day and flare amnesty on Easter Sunday

Dorset Police, MDL Marinas and Ramora UK are joining forces to hold a Sea Safety Day and flare amnesty on Easter Sunday.

Held on 15 April at Cobb’s Quay Marina in Hamworthy, Poole, out of date flares will be able to be disposed of safely in return for a small charity donation by Ramora UK, an explosives disposal services company.

In line with the safety theme, the first 40 people to take advantage of the flare amnesty will also receive a free copy of the RYA’s popular handbook RYA Introduction to Boat Handling for Sail & Power by Rob Gibson.

Safety demonstrations will be held by the RNLI, Powerboat Training UK and Ocean Safety between 10am and 2pm, including man overboard and flare demonstrations, life jacket checks and life raft and EPIRB demonstrations. Organisers promise refreshments and fun for all the family.

Dorset Police Marine Officer Lyn Parsons said the event, designed to raise awareness about the dangers of expired flares, was the first of its kind in Dorset. She said: “Prevention is key here. It’s a good reminder for boaters to check expiry dates so that you can be sure you will be properly equipped in an emergency. It’s also a great opportunity for Dorset Police to give something back to the community.”