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‘No harm done’ as absent-minded contractors put the LIE in LIFEBOAT at St Agnes

An unfortunate spelling error on markings outside a lifeboat station has left contractors scrambling for their dictionaries and paint.

After recent works to repair a leaking water main outside St Agnes RNLI Lifeboat station, contractors at Kier, working on behalf of South West Water, patched up the Tarmac and replaced the lettering and lines – but not quite as they were before, leading to an unfortunate error.

In an example of how one incorrect letter can sometimes change the meaning of a word, LIFEBOAT became LIEEBOAT – and has stayed that way for 10 weeks.

A member of the public that spotted the error told Cornwall Live: “You have to find the funny side of the spelling gaffe. They’ve been out many times to fix the leaking water main and the amount of times they’ve had to dig up the road is ridiculous. I’m pretty confident they could put a new water main in for what it costs them to keep digging the road up.”

The unfortunate 'Lieeboat' spelling error outside St Agnes Lifeboat
The unfortunate ‘Lieeboat’ spelling error outside St Agnes Lifeboat

South West Water confirmed that the mistake was made by its contractors during repairs and that it would be rectified shortly. A spokesperson said: “Our partners Kier repaired a leak outside the lifeboat station on 28 July and repainted the yellow lines on 30 July.

“We have brought this mistake to their attention and they are going to rectify it as soon as possible.”

A spokesperson for the RNLI was more understanding of the “unfortunate mistake”, saying: “It’s an unfortunate, but easily rectifiable, mistake. Thankfully there is no harm done.”

Kier has been approached for comment.

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