From Bude Surf Life Saving Club:

 

We wanted to update you all on how the club is dealing with the current situation regarding Patrolling Summerleaze and Crooklets beach. As a committee, we have decided that we need to take action. Bude SLSC have provided a support for many many years to the RNLI Lifeguards on our beaches but the time has come that, due to reasons out of our control, we are now on the front line.

Monday afternoon, club member and qualified Lifeguard, Jackson Ward, rescued a surfer who had got caught in a rip and was being dragged onto the rocks. Jackson spotted this from the shore and ran down the beach to assist the surfer safely back to the sand. It’s situations like these that highlight the need for a lifeguard service on our coastline; it was lucky that Jackson spotted the incident before it got worse.

As of today, Bude SLSC placed a red flag at Summerleaze and Crooklets beach and will be providing a surveillance patrol until the RNLI Lifeguards return. Essentially we are not providing a rescue service per se but will have rescue equipment on hand if we do need to conduct a rescue.

Education leads to prevention, and this is what our main aim is. To educate the public on water safety and advise what the dangers are and how these can be minimised.

We are opening these patrols up to all members of the community; anyone can get involved regardless of whether they are a member of Bude SLSC or not. Whether that be through surveillance, giving out safety advice, or in any that you feel is appropriate. This is a community response to the lack of Lifeguards on our beaches that is being led by Bude SLSC.

Once the Lifeguards resume service on Summerleaze beach which we believe will be on Saturday 20th June, we will then liaise with them and create a support patrol. These will be led by the RNLI Lifeguards with patrol groups helping out where they are needed.

If you have any questions please get in touch or if you would like to get involved then contact Gareth; gareth.jeremiah1@gmail.com

This situation is moving quickly and we need to act now. Thank you so much to our members and amazing community in Bude for the continued support for the club.

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