All 7 of Bude’s RNLI Lifeguarded beaches are now open.
Crackington, Blackrock, Widemouth, Summerleaze, Crooklets, Northcott and Sandymouth are being lifeguarded 7 days a week, 10am-6pm until the beginning of September.
Induction for the Peak season Lifeguards has been underway. Induction involves Fitness testing, water competency assessments, vehicle training, water craft assessments and an intensive casualty care first aid course.
After the initial busy Easter period it was a steady start to the season for our Lifeguards. Blackrock Senior, Richie, dealt with a member of the public who had burnt the bottom of their foot on a chimenea. Richie immediately cooled the burn but soon realised it was very serious with blisters forming covering 50% of the skin. The patient was in a lot of pain so was sent to A & E where they received further treatment and specialist burn care.
Previous strong Easterly offshore winds made for some testing conditions on the beaches. Lifeguard Mini was called to the assistance of 2 Stand Up Paddle boarders who had been blown 300m out to sea and were struggling to make their way back to shore. Mini drove the RWC (rescue water craft) to their assistance and brought the 2 boarders and their kit safely back to the beach.
The river on Summerleaze beach is known to be dangerous at high tide. A deep channel is formed where all the water from the bay drains out to sea. The River is also the gateway for boats going in and out of the harbour. On separate occasions Lifeguards Jack, Josh, Ben, Ella, Ian and Pete have had to pull both children and adults out of the river at high tide. Lifeguards have noticed in recent weeks more and more people are swimming across the river trying to access Tommys Pit and the Breakwater at high tide. They ask that anyone wishing to cross the river at high tide speaks to the Lifeguards.