Update: New date confirmed for postponed Sheringham Raft Race.
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The postponed Sheringham Raft Race will be held on Sunday September 8 at 11am, it has been confirmed.
An exceptionally high tide and heavy swell forced organisers to cancel this morning's planned race.
Hundreds of onlookers lined the west promenade and a motley 11 craft and their crews waited on the beach ready for an expected 11am start.
But when organisers launched a dinghy to test the waters it was flipped over by a strong wave.
Race organiser Graham Deans said: 'We delayed it for an hour but conditions didn't improve so we took advice from the RNLI and decided that we had to cancel it which was a shame, but safety has to come first. We don't want a repeat of the Southwold disaster with people getting into trouble. Safety has to come first.'
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In May, 85 people had to be rescued by RNLI lifeboat crew and lifeguards after getting into difficulties in a strong current during an organised swim from Southwold Pier.
The raft race was intended as a finale to the successful Sheringham Carnival held earlier this month.
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Mr Deans said all the raft crews hoped to return for the re-scheduled race and some extra people had said they would make a craft in time for the new date.